- Stress in children is currently a largely unrecognized and untreated problem and is reaching epidemic proportions.
- This high level of stress is the trigger for all kinds of learning, behavior, mood and health symptoms.
- Leading healthcare practitioners are now turning the treatment model on its head by treating the stress as the disorder and ADHD, ADD, depression, defiance, and all other learning and behavior problems as the symptoms of stress.
There are two Sources of Stress
Children (and adults) experience stress from two sources- their inside world and their outside world.
– The inside world refers to biologically unhealthy and toxic conditions in the child’s body that have remained undetected and untreated.
– The outside world refers to emotionally unhealthy and toxic conditions in the child’s life that remain unresolved and are causing distress to the child.
Biological and emotional stress always goes hand-in-hand – a hurting body creates a hurting spirit and vice versa. Therefore treatment must address the body as well as the spirit of the child. When we do this true healing happens.
The Story of Josh
Take for example, nine year old Josh, who woke up feeling tired, had a low attention span, was underachieving, had low energy, craved carbohydrates, hated to exercise, didn’t seem to hear instructions and had regular meltdowns. As you can imagine this caused problems with his teachers, parents and peers. The result was Josh’s self-esteem had been battered. He felt like he was a disappointment to his parents and teachers and that he wasn’t like the other kids. He saw himself as ‘a kid with a problem.’
Josh is lucky because his parents did not want to give him prescription medication. They wanted to get to the underlying cause and with the right healthcare practitioner they did. They discovered high indicators of bacteria and yeast in his gut and several food sensitivities. When the bacteria and yeast were treated and Josh was on the right diet, his symptoms were significantly reduced. But this did not help him with his self-esteem issues. After teaching his parents how they could strengthen his self-confidence, Josh now feels very good about who he is and is thriving at school and socially.
If Josh’s parents had not understood that there is a relationship between Josh’s hurting spirit and something happening in his body, the bacteria and yeast would have continued to have a negative effect on his health and his behavior. He would still be constantly dealing with negative responses from parents and teachers and feeling really bad about himself. Josh would not have been able to become everything he is capable of being. Josh’s story is an example of stress that begins with a physical issue that then becomes emotional and behavioral. It can happen that the stress begins with an emotional issue which creates physical symptoms.
Parents, if your child is struggling with learning, behavior or mood challenges treat both the physical and emotional causes. Watch your child thrive when you find practitioners that understand the body-brain-spirit relationship, and when you learn and practice body-brain-spirit parenting tools.
I have a question and I hope you will offer a comment for me to think about.
Have you noticed how your child’s body and spirit work together? Have you seen how their spirit hurts when their body hurts and conversely how they get all kinds of physical ailments when their spirit is hurting? Please share with us how you have seen this happen.