Neglect theory: the lives of the forgotten children

(Sprouts) Children who experience physical, cognitive or emotional neglect, often face anxiety.

Neglect theory

As a result, their body produces stress hormones. If this happens a lot, these hormones become toxic for their developing brain, which then later can repress emotional and cognitive well-being for life.


TREATMENTS If a child is used to suppressing their emotions, because of neglect, it may be difficult to recognize and experience them in a healthy way. Therapists and mental health professionals can help both children and adults learn to identify, accept, and express their emotions in a healthful manner.

These treatment options include: 1. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT): CBT aims to explain to you what’s going on inside your brain and how to cope with irrational feelings or fears. 2. The Hoffman Process: This 7-8 day’s guided process, designed to bring participants back into their childhood to reconnect with their parents and make peace. 3. Family therapy: If a child is being emotionally neglected at home, family therapy can help both the parents and the child. 4. Parenting classes: Parents who neglect their child’s emotional needs could benefit from parenting classes. 5. Psychoanalysis: The aim of psychoanalysis therapy is to release repressed emotions and experiences, i.e., make the unconscious conscious.

Source: Sprouts

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