Imagine something that can increase your risk of developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, depression, and anxiety. Imagine something that can even accelerate the aging process. This “something” is known as toxic stress.
Everyone experiences stress in life, but toxic stress is different from everyday stress. This type of stress is referred to as “toxic” because it is harmful or dangerous to your health. Toxic stress occurs when you experience something extremely stressful over and over again for a long period of time without the emotional support of adults or caregivers.
You probably have known someone who had many bad things happen to them during their childhood. For example:
Maybe you have had similar experiences. Toxic stress occurs when things like that happen to us and we don’t have anybody to protect us from them.
The good news is that there are things we can do to reduce the negative effects of toxic stress. This website will provide you with resources to help you learn how to deal with toxic stress and minimize its negative effects.