23 March 2023
What is toxic stress?
If your family has endured a serious adversity or is going through a particularly stressful time, toxic stress may be a concern. The effects can be lasting: toxic stress has the potential to impact a child’s learning, behaviour and health long after childhood. Dr. Lisa Damour — an expert adolescent psychologist, best-selling author, regular New York Times contributor and mother of two — explains what toxic stress is, how to spot the signs, ways you can help your child cope and how to seek support. The topic of experiencing mental health challenges may be difficult for some readers. If you or a loved one is experiencing poor mental health, please seek support by accessing the following resources: United for Global Mental Health and Open Counseling Suicide Hotline Database . If your country does not have a national helpline please seek professional support from a trained carer, especially before making any decisions on treatment. Jump to: What is stress? What is toxic stress? What effects can toxic stress have on a child? What are some signs of a child experiencing toxic stress? What is the best way for an adult to provide support? What to do if you are struggling How to seek support mental health - question mark - illustration