There are many events and circumstances that can trigger chronic stress, from poor finances to long-term illnesses and bad relationships. As cortisol courses through your body, it creates inflammation and leaves you completely exhausted.
If you feel like you are at death’s door most of the time it’s probably because you really are. Stress does kill.
When it comes to the nervous system, the brain reacts and changes in line with its environment and experiences. This is truer during childhood than in any other time. This is because key areas of the brain are still developing. This is why extreme stress in childhood can result in mental health issues in life and a form of PTSD that doesn’t respond as other types of PTSD do to medications and therapy.