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Toxic Stress Derails Healthy Development (Japanese)

This video, here in Japanese, explains how learning to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy development. While moderate, short-lived stress responses in the body can promote growth, toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support. Without caring adults to buffer children, the unrelenting stress caused by extreme poverty, neglect, abuse, or severe maternal depression can weaken the architecture of the developing brain, with long-term consequences for learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health.

This translation was generously provided by the Japan Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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