The Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma

Trauma and Recovery

Trauma experienced in childhood often lingers into adulthood. This article from Harvard Health provides insights about the behavioral, emotional, and physical effects of trauma, including risk factors. The piece also offers helpful tools and coping mechanisms.

Traumatic events encompass anything from a sexual assault or childhood abuse to a cancer diagnosis. Child abuse is particularly likely to affect your adult life because it occurs at a time when your brain is vulnerable — and it often occurs at the hands of people who are supposed to be your protectors…”

The article quotes Andrea Roberts, a research scientist with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health who explains:

One of the hallmarks of trauma is the fact that people often use defense mechanisms to protect themselves from stress. Denial is one of those, as is trying to normalize past problems.”

Read “Past trauma may haunt your future health” here.  

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About the author 

Jillian Bietz

Jillian Bietz is a writer and editor who enjoys doing in-depth research and exploring a wide-range of topics including all facets of mental health and wellness. She is the editor for My Voice Can Speak.

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