The Impact Of Childhood Trauma On Adults

The Impact Of Childhood Trauma On Adults

Effects Of Childhood Trauma On Adults


Bad past experience can disturb your present and may even destroy your future. Childhood Trauma can have a very huge impact on the way an adult behaves. It may even affect the quality of life. We often say that as a child grows up he/she may not remember what he/she has gone through as a child, but it is said that bad memories are the ones to follow and haunt us the most. Children may go through a range of experiences that may be termed as psychological trauma, these might include neglect, desertion, abandonment, physical abuse, childhood sexual abuse and, parent or sibling is treated violently or there is a parent with a mental illness or parent having violent behavior, having alcoholic parents, or have seen an incident that shattered that kid. All these events have intense psychological, physiological, and sociological impacts and can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being.

Traumatic Childhood experiences are a root cause of many emotional, social, and cognitive damages that lead to increased risk of harmful self-destructive behaviors, chronic health conditions, risk of violence or re-victimization, low life potential and premature mortality. As more a child experiences all these, the risk of problems from childhood through adulthood also rises.

Childhood trauma has numerous effects on adulthood but it can be categorized in three broader sense.


1. Physical Effect:

Children who are exposed to abuse and trauma and had a disturbing childhood may not only have a disturb adulthood but may even develop what is called ‘a heightened stress response’, this stress may result in a rude behavior when that child grows up. This can impact their ability to regulate their emotions, lead to sleep difficulties, lower immune function, and increase the risk of a number of physical illnesses throughout adulthood.


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2. Mental Effect:

Childhood trauma has a profound effect on mental health as it leads to different kinds of fear and may be linked to depression, anxiety, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) suicide, and self-harm, it may even make an adult depend on drugs and alcohol to overcome this childhood trauma and may misuse it and even relationship difficulties may be some effects of childhood trauma.


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3. Emotional Effect:

Childhood trauma can even result in emotional effects which can be very serious at times. They can have an emotional breakdown at times as all these thoughts may haunt them and may result in experiencing feelings of anxiety, shame, worry, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, anger, grief, sadness and may even result in having fear to deal with people resulting in isolation.


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