Childhood Trauma has Long Term Effects in Adults

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Childhood Trauma has Long Term Effects in Adults

Any types of abuse could be a huge factor in developing a traumatic episode for a child since they have a sharp memory / Photo by Ambrozinio via


There are many different experiences that could trigger trauma, especially in children. Any types of abuse could be a huge factor in developing a traumatic episode for a child since they have a sharp memory and this could last in them in a very long time. Having a childhood memory is what makes up every adult’s current experiences. Every step they will take will be somehow connected to what they have experienced. Unfortunately, not all children have experienced a pleasurable childhood because of different reasons.

Many children are exposed to traumatic events at one point or another. Most of them also experienced distress following a traumatic event, and although majority of them return to a normal state of functioning after a short period of time, there are still children who develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Very Well Mind mentioned in their online article that children who experience post-traumatic stress disorder might re-experience the trauma in their minds over and over again. This could be very painful for the child, not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. It is tormenting for them to recall what hurt them in the past, and with their young minds, it might be impossible for them to cope up with the experience without the guidance from reliable adults around them.


Effects of Childhood Trauma

Casa Palmera Treatment center defines childhood trauma as, “Childhood trauma can result from anything that makes a child feel helpless and disrupts their sense of safety and security, including: sexual, physical, or verbal abuse; domestic violence; an unstable or unsafe environment; separation from a parent; neglect; bullying; serious illness; or intrusive medical procedures”, it is very devastating to think that a child would experience such horrible things in his/her life since it could have a huge impact on a young person’s sense of self, and the world around him or her. These traumatic experiences could alter the world and change it based on the bad things that happened to him/her. Some of them might not remember what causes their trauma when they turn into adults, but they are unaware that it defined them in some way and it left a mark on them that they are not aware that they have.



In an article published by Psych Central, they mentioned that childhood trauma is linked to impaired social cognition in adults diagnosed with major psychiatric disorders. Social cognition is how people process and apply information regarding other people and social interactions. A study from the journal called European Psychiatry, states that a traumatic early social environment often leads to social cognitive problems and greater illness severity for people who has psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, major depressive disorder, or post-traumatic disorder.

“Early childhood neglect, abuse, and/or trauma puts patients at greater risk for developing cognitive impairments that will later affect social perception and interaction, a core aspect of disability in major psychiatric disorders,” explained by the lead investigator, Gary Donohoe, MPsych, DClinPsych, PhD, Centre for Neuroimaging and Cognitive Genomics, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. Science Daily also explained that the deficiencies in social cognitive function are one of the features of having a psychiatric disorder which could result in impaired social and occupational functioning.


How to Spot an Adult Who Had a Childhood Trauma

Sometimes, people are unaware that they have someone in their life who experienced childhood trauma when they were young. They are also not aware that they experienced trauma because their mind alters their memory in order to protect them from recalling that traumatic experience and shield them away from the devastating memory that they had. Most trauma survivors are also afraid of seeking professional help and therapy because they are ashamed or they can’t recollect the trauma that they suffered which is already causing a disruption in their lives.

In a website called, Childhood Trauma Recovery, they mentioned that a person who experienced trauma when he/she is younger tends to express symptoms of dissociation which can range from mild to severe. This includes zoning out and time loss.  Adults who also experienced trauma is having a problem in maintaining the stability of their relationship with other people. They might also show some anti-social behavior which could lead to conflict especially in the case of males who are reported to be abused as children.

According to Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., who specialized trauma for over 45 years, the effects of unresolved trauma could destroy someone’s life. It can affect a person’s habit and outlook in life which could lead them to addiction and poor decision-making. Most people who suffer from mental conditions such as anxiety, panic attacks, and depression also experienced trauma in some part of their life. Furthermore, people who have experienced unresolved trauma tend to have disturbing memories that could affect their feelings and emotions.


Adults who also experienced trauma is having a problem in maintaining the stability of their relationship with other people / Photo by Olena Yakobchu via




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