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Toxic Stress

  • Chronic exposure to stressful situations where one PERCEIVES the situation as a threat vs. a challenge.

  • Brain and body adapt to consistent hyper-arousal.

  • Activates trauma reactions (flight, fight, flee) in body.

  • Revs up the inflammatory system, shooting stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) throughout the body.

  • Impairs mood regulation, emotional regulation, shortens one's "window of tolerance."

  • Diminishes one's ability to access "higher brain" in the pre-frontal cortex.

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Secondary Trauma

Symptoms

aka: Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma

  • diminished joy toward things once loved

  • feeling trapped by one's work

  • feelings of hopelessness associate with teaching

  • dealing with intrusive thoughts

  • diminished sense of efficacy, satisfaction, and accomplishment

  • loss of sleep

  • increased irritation/ anger

  • over or under-eating

  • feeling jumpy or on edge

  • worried about not doing or being enough for students 

Resilience:

Style of Stress Perception

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