Strong children and adolescents: healthy nation! About Early Life Stress and Prevention
We, the representatives of the member organisations of the European Union for School and University Health and Medicine (EUSUHM), participating in the 20th European Congress of EUSUHM, entitled ‘Changing contexts: influencing youth and their surroundings’ in Rotterdam, Netherlands, from 11–13 September 2019, recognize that: To prevent physical and mental illnesses later in life, Youth Health Care (YHC) is committed to detecting and reducing chronic stress during childhood development, referred to as Early Life Stress.
Stress is necessary, chronic stress is harmful
Stress is a necessary response to a challenge or a threat (stressor) that could disturb our internal balance. In that way, stress is functional and even a necessity for the growth and development of children and adolescents. Stress is the ‘Spice of Life’, as Selye wrote already 70 years ago . However, if the stress system is activated repeatedly and never gets the chance to settle, chronic stress will arise. Chronic...
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