Toxic Stress

Stress is a fact of life and we can’t escape it.  Most stress resolves once a person is removed from the situation and research has shown that occasional exposure to stress may actually increase brain health and alertness.  Any prolonged exposure, however, can have long lasting impacts on our overall well being.  In addition, toxic stress can feel “inescapable” and result in individuals choosing unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as drinking.

According to Dr. Casey Green, toxic stress may be caused by trauma as well as less definable, more pervasive factors like “abuse, neglect, violence and poverty.”  Being aware of the differences can help us learn ways to reduce stress through healthy coping mechanisms and seeking out support when needed.