Sometimes violence is the only mechanism a youth knows. Studies have shown that when a child has been exposed to traumatic experienced the brain does not develop in the same way .
Trauma affects all areas of someone’s life, including difficulty to:
- Distinguish between threatening and nonthreatening situations
- Form appropriate relationships with adults
- Self-regulate emotional states
Early trauma causes:
- Excess cortisol (stress hormone) in the bloodstream, which negatively affects brain development. This also can lead to a decreased ability to regulate it by adulthood
- Triggering the body’s “alarm system” in situations not warranting that reaction
- Impairment of executive functions, attention and concentration, leading to issues in school and learning in general
Mercy Home offers services to cope with the problems caused by early trauma, including counseling, tutoring, and residential care.