Children of immigrant parents have dominated the news. The images are heartbreaking. There are currently 2,300 children who have been separated from their parents for immigration issues.
Children who are ripped away from their parents experience toxic stress. The "fight-or-flight" response is prolonged in their little bodies. Negative long-term effects can appear later in life. Suicide, depression, and chronic disease are greatly influenced by toxic stress.
In the short-term, it’s simply child abuse. Children regress mentally and physically. This is unacceptable treatment of children.
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The promise of a better life in these United States holds appeal for refugees who flee horrible conditions. They seek basic needs and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Children are brought here in hopes of a better life.
Listen as Dr. Janine Young joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the effects of this separation on children’s health.
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