Childhood Trauma

Some situations or events may cause a child to feel alone or overwhelmed, even those that do not involve violence or physical harm. Psychological and emotional trauma from extremely stressful events can leave one with feelings of vulnerability and helplessness. Adults affected by childhood trauma may have difficulties with developing relationships, anxiety, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Childhood trauma includes:

  • Birth trauma – prematurity, use of mechanical forces, breech delivery and circumcision.
  • Poor maternal attachment.
  • Poor parenting.
  • Child abuse and neglect.

People who experience trauma as children may have significant problems later in life, and enduring negative feelings, of being:

  • Worthless
  • Unlovable
  • Endangered
  • Insecure

The saying: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger is likely not true. Traumatic experiences do not lead to resilience but rather can overwhelm and debilitate the child’s capacity to cope and change their ability to make sense of their experiences – Ed Tronick (2007)

“Early adverse experiences might impair the ability of the prefrontal cortex (part of the brain) to respond to new overwhelming events” D. Siegel and M. Solomon (2003)

Childhood trauma may predict anxiety, depression, decreased ability to cope, drug and alcohol use according to a 2014 study by Martin, L., Viljoen, M., Kidd, M., and Seedat, S.

Effective counseling can help those who experienced childhood trauma to mitigate and alleviate negative results and achieve better outcomes. A supportive and secure environment is available for those seeking help managing and resolving problems connected to childhood trauma. To make an appointment, or for more information, please call 610-220-4202 or contact me.

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