Article Leah Hibel

Trump has Traumatized Thousands of Children: Now We Have a Responsibility
A Sacramento Bee Op-Ed by Leah Hibel and Andrea C. Buhler-Wasserman

immigrant children in settlement

June 20, 2018

Losing a parent is one of the most profound stressors a child can experience; it threatens the child’s safety and causes a heightened state of “fight or flight.” This type of stressor rapidly increases the child’s heart rate and blood pressure. Stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol flood the system. Fear and panic take over. Decades of science suggest that these separations are traumatic and likely to cause lifelong mental and physical health problems.