Adopted Child Abuse Impact on Brain Development
The Adopted child's normal brain development from birth is compromised first by the biologically unnatural separation at birth. In additional to the adopted child's childhood related distress, including the hostility in the adoptive parent's response, lack of nurturing response and the non-nurturing aggressive relationship where the adopted child learns through time and experience to fear their adoptive parent's attention. Chronic fear and anxiety produces negative effects on normal infant brain development that grow in dysfunctional and abnormal functioning adaptions in the child's brain to the child's perception of threat.
In adulthood the childhood physiological adaptions in the brain create flooding of CNS response chemicals where the (ANS) autonomic nervous system can no longer revert back to homeostasis (pre-threat functioning). The cascade of adult chronic medical problems that are directly related to the child's prolonged exposure in childhood maltreatment includes long term experience of stressful reactions to environmental stimuli and the developmental post traumatic stress syndrome (Developmental-PTSD) all compromise normal brain development and physiological dysfunction in the adult.
Impact On Brain Physiology From Childhood Abuse