How Mental Stress Impacts Children With Autism

Children with autism sometimes suffer outbursts from mental stress and frustration, such as throwing tantrums, crying, throwing things, and sometimes become physically violent. This can include violence towards themselves or others around them. Therefore, autistic children may begin banging their heads against objects when stressed.

Continued Stress in Children

However, over time cells within the body deteriorate from continued stress. Stress can lower serotonin levels, impacting mood and behavior. Furthermore, as mental stress continues, it results in biological reactions by increasing epinephrine, cortisol, and norepinephrine that may cause fatigue, depression, or a weak immune system.

Additionally, stress depletes important nutrients that assist in calming the nervous system, including ascorbic acid, B vitamins, and magnesium.

What Could Cause Continued Stress?

When the brain is deficient in the neurotransmitter GABA, it results in mental stress and can occasionally suppress neural messages. Thus, leading to the nervous system becoming relaxed.

What Causes Gaba Neurotransmitter Deficiency?

Neurotransmitter production can be disrupted by a deficiency of zinc, vitamin B1, and vitamin B6. Therefore, often being caused by poor diet habits, this can lead to GABA not existing.

Continuous Mental Stress

It is important to get sleep; without enough sleep, mental stress may increase. Additionally, when the nervous system becomes irritated, it can result in irritability, restlessness, movement, and sleep disorders. GABA is produced within the neurotransmitter by an enzyme called glutamate decarboxylase.

Meanwhile, having a proper diet and exercise can increase neurotransmitter levels. Supplements and herbs may reduce mental stress too.

The Effect Of Nutrition On The Nervous System

There are many food sources that help calm the nervous system, including:

Plant-based: If there are no sensitivity concerns, whole grains, complex carbohydrates, and fermented foods or tea can help. In addition, leafy vegetables containing magnesium can be helpful for a natural sedative.

Animal-based: Fermented dairy products and fish are great sources, especially salmon and mackerel.

Healthy diet for kids with autism

Sources To Avoid

You will want to avoid consuming simple carbohydrates, and white sugar as these can result in random fluctuations in blood sugar levels and increase nervousness, depress and stress.

Supplements That Help

Amino acid tyrosine can help in GABA production. Other supplements that can be taken to increase GABA production include inositol, dead green theanine, magnesium, and B vitamins.

Adaptogenic Herbs

Mainly used for treating chronic stress, the name comes from being able to assist in adapting to stress. It is the chemical structure of these plants that assist in helping with stress, including steroidal saponins and triterpenoids. These are similar to that of cortisol created by the adrenal glands. It helps balance and supports the glands in times of stress while reducing stress hormone secretions.

Types of Adaptogenic Herbs:

  • Centella
  • Bacopa
  • Rhodiola
  • Melissa helps calm nervous systems
  • Hypothyroidism – helps reduce stress and calm sleep
  • Passionflower – Helps receive more from sleep

Herbs for treating chronic stress

How Physical Activity Impacts Mental Stress

The brain creates endorphins when exercising that result in increased neurotransmitter GABA levels and serotonin, calming the nervous system.

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Legal Clarification – The information provided is from personal knowledge and general understanding only. The information provided is not a replacement for medical advice, treatment, or medication provided by a licensed doctor or therapist. It does not constitute any recommendation of individual treatment of mental stress.

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