Unhealthy environments can affect a child’s mental health Unhealthy environments can affect a child’s mental health

Different mental illnesses among children are caused by the quality of what they perceive, a process that is instilled in them from their first year of life.

According to Dr. José Ignacio Rendón Manjarrez, living in unhealthy environments can have repercussions on life as an adult. Dr. Rendón is the head of the Child Psychiatry Department at the Pediatric Hospital of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) in Jalisco. In a publication, he sustains that while newborns are in their early infancy, everything they experience stays in their unconscious or in their memory.

“So, if they grow up in an environment of constant arguing, loneliness or detachment from their parents, this will affect their lives in the future,” he argues.

Dr. Rendón adds that during their first year of life, children develop sensory perception from the stimulus they receive, developing associations with mental images that are loaded with affection or emotion. The specialist emphasizes that if the quality of the child’s sensory perception is affected early on, this will affect them for the rest of their lives. He points out that a child’s perception starts to develop depending on the heritage and culture that surrounds them; a person’s mental health can be shaped even from inside their mother’s womb. The judgements and precepts that govern the behavior of a child or adult are formed by what they perceive and experience; therefore, if what they perceive is healthy and they receive affirmations through positive affection, they will have healthy behavior and will adapt better to their environment.

Last, Dr. Rendón states that it is important for the child to be surrounded by people who are affectionate with them, primarily from the maternal figure, as their physical and mental process of maturation occurs at the same time.

Source: EFE

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