A childhood trauma can be a very broad number of life events. There are many ways a child can experience trauma in their lives, being sexually abused, physically abused or mentally abused. Children can also experience traumas in other ways such as the death of a parent or even parents, experiencing neglect, their emotionally needs not being met, growing up in an invalidating environment, experiences of abandonment, experiences of being bullied and not feeling like they fit in.
All of these traumas have very serious consequences in a child’s life and if not treated are often brought into their adult lives. Often adults who have suffered a childhood trauma go on to develop a mental health condition such as post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, depression, dissociation, dissociative identity disorder, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, personality disorders and may also develop addiction issues.
If you feel that you have suffered a childhood trauma and it continues to cause you problems in your life speaking with a counsellor can be very helpful in addressing these issues and help you to move on a live a better quality of life.