The negative effects of childhood trauma can also seriously impair our work performance as adults. Some obvious examples include:
- low academic achievement.
- drug addiction.
- anger management problems (which may lead to conflict in relations with colleagues and the boss).
- relationship problems (including marital and family difficulties), depression, anxiety, headaches, somatic symptoms (such as back pain and irritable bowel syndrome).
Indeed, research published in the Permanent Journal reported that, in the United States, back pain alone is thought to cost businesses just short of 30 billion dollars per year and depression is thought to cost it about 44 billion dollars per year.
However, it is not possible, from these figures, to ascertain what percentage of the above referred to cases of back pain and the above referred to cases of depression is directly linked to the adverse effects of childhood trauma.
From these findings, however, it is reasonable to conclude that educating employees about how adverse childhood trauma may have negatively impacted their lives is very important as it may allow them to seek more relevant, trauma-informed, treatments and therapies for their difficulties, thus increasing their chances of successful recovery. And, in order for such education to be implemented effectively, business owners, too, need to learn about the possible harmful effects of unresolved childhood trauma on their employees and, therefore, on their business.
David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).