Stress refers to the biological and emotional responses to situations that are new, unexpected, or a threat to a person’s well-being.
Stress is not always a bad thing. In fact, stress is experienced every day and this can be healthy as it teaches individuals how to adapt, cope, problem solve, regulate emotions, and seek support when needed.
However, some stress is toxic. Toxic stress is stress that is frequent, serious, or prolonged. In cases of toxic stress, the child has little to no adequate adult support in the situation, e.g, chronic belittling of child by parent or ongoing child sexual abuse. Toxic stress is the most damaging.