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Childhood trauma can have a significant impact on an individual’s development and can carry into adulthood in the form of physical and mental health issues, relationship problems, substance abuse, and difficulty maintaining employment. In adulthood, childhood trauma can lead to chronic depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally, individuals who experienced childhood trauma may struggle with identity formation and forming secure attachments. They may also experience intense and intrusive memories, flashbacks, and nightmares that can disrupt day-to-day life. Ultimately, the lasting effects of childhood trauma can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life and their ability to form healthy relationships.
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Signs of childhood trauma can include:
• Difficulty regulating emotions;
• Difficulty trusting others;
• Feeling easily overwhelmed or “triggered”;
• Low self-esteem or self-worth; • Difficulty with intimacy or relationships;
• Outbursts of anger or rage;
• Difficulty with problem-solving;
• Substance use or abuse;
• Chronic feelings of sadness or hopelessness;
• Difficulty sleeping or nightmares;
• Dissociation or avoidance of certain memories, feelings, or people;
• Suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
In conclusion, healing from childhood trauma is possible through hard work and support. It often begins with self-discovery and understanding. Confronting your ACEs and the ways their effects have permeated your life can lead to acceptance and a willingness to continue the healing process.
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