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Childhood Trauma and Mental Health

The Wounded Inner Child

Childhood trauma can cause anxiety even into adulthood because early coping mechanisms of the body, mind, and spirit have not been defined as an adult's way of thinking. Trauma is never easy, and for children whose understanding of the world and their experiences is still developing, trauma makes an even greater and more damaging impression.

When a child endures a traumatic event, it’s very common for the pain and complicated effects to continue or to arise unexpectedly many years later. As children, they didn’t have a choice but to withstand the trauma surrounding them. But, as adults reliving the aftermath of that trauma, they do have a choice in how the anxiety runs its course through their lives.

Developmental trauma is more common than you may think and can easily lead to problems later on in adulthood.

The lack of discussion around trauma is partly cultural, but it’s also because trauma is hard to pin down. It’s so overwhelming that your brain often tries to bury it; it’s too painful to face, so you push it down or rationalise it and continue with your life. That works in the short-term, but in the long-term, buried trauma can impact your stress response, cause chronic cortisol release, decrease your emotional regulation, and bring up a variety of coping behaviours that hurt your performance.

Healing your childhood trauma is one of the most extraordinary things you can do. Childhood trauma can cause anxiety, but the positive news is this can be reversed with the right support and help. On a positive it can help to unlocks happiness, gratitude, optimism, productivity, and a renewed appreciation for life. Always seek professional help. How To Start Speaking Up and Setting Boundaries

Written by Debbie's Crouch Aug 2020

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Christy Meador
Christy Meador
May 23, 2023

I just happened to join this morning and it's really strange that this is the first thing I'm reading. I just happen to be working through some of this stuff myself and without my therapist at the moment. So this really hits home with me. Much of the art and things that I have been doing this past week have been related to the trauma and it's been so releasing. I need to do more of it.

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