Can negativity affect a child’s brain?
Hello, I am 19 years old female. My aunt and uncle have a daughter who is 5 years old. I think she is getting drained because of the fights between her parents. I never saw her happy and playing like other kids. They both take their anger out on her by yelling at her. I am worried about her. I think the reason for her behavior is her parents. Please let me know if it is true that negativity affects a child’s brain?
@yumina Hello, yes it is true negative experiences and childhood trauma can affect a child’s brain. When children have a negative experience, such as being yelled at or criticized, their bodies respond by releasing the stress hormone cortisol. If it happens often enough, this negativity may affect the children's emotional and cognitive development. These negative effects can include sleep disturbance and disrupted early brain development for infants, anxiety and conduct problems for primary school children, depression and academic problems, and other serious issues, such as self-harm, for older children and adolescents. You can talk to her and can take her to the therapist. Thanks.