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Webinar: The Trauma of Toxic Stress During the Pandemic: What You Can Do

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Toxic stress has the potential to change brain chemistry, brain anatomy, and even gene expression in children. Toxic stress also affects adults and can weaken the architecture of the immune response. The toxic stress response is believed to play a role in the pathophysiology of depressive disorders, behavioral dysregulation, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and even psychosis.

How Separating Children Damages the Brain

Many parents coming to the US border with their children are seeking asylum and protection under international law. (See Refugee Act of 1980). Asylum is a humanitarian protection and part of the American value system particularly since the Holocaust of the mid-twentieth century. Those who seek asylum in the United States are afraid to return to their countries fleeing war, violence, and persecution in their native countries.

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