The Effect of Stress

Any emotional harm has a direct impact on the child’s intellectual development. The reason being that the brain first needs to process the trauma before new skills can be learned.

Personal, emotional, educational, physical and other types of anxiety can have such an effect on the child. Fear for the unknown of the next day like being bullied, denounced, teased or scolded at by family members, teachers, children at school or not understanding schoolwork effects the child’s though process. This also have an effect on the child’s schoolwork as well as the wiring of his brain’s neuron wires. This causes the child’s reasoning, thinking and learning abilities.

With a bullying situation, the child’s brain is pre-occupied with where to hide during breaks or how to cope during the moment of being bullied in such a way, that the child cannot think straight, focus or concentrate. Please follow our Facebook page at “@busybugssa” for regular inserts on how trauma and stress influence the brain’s development.

Family bonding time and ‘n break in the parent-child relationship also have devastating effects on the child’s development, his thought process as well as the child’s behaviour. It has a direct influence on the child’s learning ability as well. Separation anxiety, disobedience, rebellion and bullying type of behaviour falls under this category in order to cope with the overwhelming feelings that the child’s experiences.

Certain traumatic incidents can cause increased arousal feelings better known as hypervigilance. The child don’t always know how to canalise those emotions which is when undesired behavioural outbursts takes place. This also causes the child to show socially inappropriate behaviour. If you add your email address to our mailing list, then we will also send you regular information on parent-child attachment breakages with the effect and what can be done in order to solve and rectify this situation.

Other causes for trauma in a child’s life which can cause undesirable behaviour are as follow: (but not limited to):

• Divorce
• Moving – new house / school
• Conflict between parents and other role players
• Bullying
• Death
• Separation anxiety