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How stress is related to attachment and trauma

The stress response is critical to understanding the neurobiology of trauma and attachment disorder. Stress is an automatic physiological response to any situation that is threatening, overwhelming, or requires adjustment to change. The stress response includes many physical changes, such as increased heart rate and breathing, and inhibited digestion and immune response, triggered by stress […]

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Spirituality plays a role in wellbeing

Research has shown that religion and spirituality are linked to psychosocial well-being in children and adults. For example, youth who attend religious services with parent(s) have fewer problems as teens; adolescents who attend religious services with parent(s) have higher well-being and academic success and less substance abuse and delinquent behavior. Spirituality is considered a “protective factor”: […]

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Toxic stress: A public health diaster

A landmark research project over the last 20 years, the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, assessed thousands of adults’ physical and emotional well-being, then asked them about their childhood traumas: abuse, neglect, family dysfunction, and attachment. They found that the more traumas children had, the more they developed chronic illnesses as adults, such as heart disease, […]

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