Effects of Childhood Trauma

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Know all about the effects of childhood trauma on adults and how can we identify some one who has experienced trauma as a child.

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Time heals everything they say. But in the case of children who suffered severely in the hands of abusive parents a bully sibling a frustrated teacher or a sex- hungry elder member of the family the saying doesnt work at all. For them time makes matters worse and ruins their adulthood say psychologists who deal with trauma in young adults. The World Health Organization revealed startling details about abuse in children all across the world. In all developed and underdeveloped countries alike almost 21 of children aged between 5 and 13 suffer physically emotionally or psychologically in the hands of parents family members teachers and friends. Out of this 15 of abuse is sexual. The rest of it is due to beating up yelling corporal punishments negligence and avoidance by the family. Such abuse leads to severe trauma in young minds and can have devastating effects on their future.

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Lets take a look at all the reasons that can lead to childhood trauma. 1. Sexual abuse by teachers parents or senior members of the family. Groping private parts touching excessively kissing forcing to have sex using foul language to describe their body and forcing them to watch pornographic films counts to sexual harassment. Girls especially are more vulnerable to such abuse and suffer physically.

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2. Beating up or giving corporal punishments to children in the name of discipline can cause frustration and insecurity in kids. Many parents use objects to beat up children and that can cause deadly injuries.

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3. Bullying by seniors and friends at school leads to psychological disorders. Calling children fat plump dark short or any other word that puts them in bad light accounts to abuse. It is fun for many but the childs brain undergoes negative changes. 4. Constant nagging about their achievements at school performance in academics and other co-curricular activities.

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5. If both parents are at work the child is often neglected and avoided by them. Loneliness can be very traumatic for the little one.

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6. Separation or divorce of the parents. 7. Sudden death of a close friend or a loved family member.

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Psychologists strongly opine that such childhood trauma effects are endless. They can induce suicidal thoughts make them unsociable and drive them away from get- togethers or gatherings. Traumatic experiences easily make way into teens and adulthood ruining the confidence relationships and work life of the adult. Though a few children block all negative memories and stay away from possible triggers that bring back these experiences many of them cannot stop thinking about them. They keep having bad dreams hallucinations and thoughts about such abuse and this interferes with their daily life. As these children grow into adults they start making up stories in their minds about the incidents and the childhood trauma that followed suit. There are no answers but only more suffering.

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So how do you know if an adult has been subjected to childhood trauma How to identify the possible childhood trauma effects Here are a few signs adults usually exhibit when they have been through childhood trauma. It is easy to spot them and offer help but always seek a professional trauma specialists help to solve the problem once and for all. -Anxiety restlessness and fear of staying all alone.

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-Unable to choose the right life partner. Constantly hopping in and out of relationships. -Doesnt socialize with people and stays away from gatherings or parties.

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-Gets addicted to drinking smoking and drugs. Such addictions help them live far from reality. -Is afraid to get medical help for the fear of his past being exposed.

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These are just indicative signs of the bigger problem. If you dig deeper into it you will find that the effects of childhood trauma on adults can be life shattering. They are normal to the exterior but inside they are fighting unseen demons. See how an adult with a traumatized childhood can suffer. 1. Post traumatic stress disorder PTSD - Following a horrible abusive episode the individual experiences severe stress. Playing the episode again and again in his mind travelling into the past and present and crying over his powerlessness and inability to fight are a few things that happen. Physical mutilation anger outbursts crying for no reason panic attacks anxiety and trying to kill himself are all part of this disorder. Such a problem must be immediately addressed so that the adult doesnt lose hope.

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2. Depression - A very high risk mental disorder that can claim the life of an individual is depression. Childhood trauma mostly leads to depression and the adult feels lonely always doesnt mingle with people is hopeless about the future is always in a bad mood and loses interest in everything associated with him. Plenty of mental therapy is required to pull the adult out of depression. 3. Personality disorders - Bipolar disorder schizophrenia paranoid personality disorder borderline personality disorder and antisocial behavior are all the effects of childhood trauma on adults. In a bid to fight the past and overcome it people build a fake identity of themselves and try to be a new person. But like flashback episodes their troubled past keeps bumping in every now and then. This is why they develop all the above mentioned psychological disorders.

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Mental illnesses arising due to childhood trauma must be dealt softly and shouldnt be causing more trouble to the adult. Look for an experienced trauma expert or a psychologist and help the individual lead a better life.

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