Although I have written at length about the effects of childhood trauma on our adult life, I thought, in this post, I would simply list these in order to provide an easy reference point to these main symptoms.
You can read my articles about the specific symptoms, and how they relate to childhood trauma, by clicking where it says ‘click here’ after the specific symptom in which you are interested.
THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS AND SYMPTOMS OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA IN ADULTHOOD
As we have already seen, childhood trauma may be caused by emotional, sexual, or physical abuse. If we have experienced it, it can cause us to develop the following symptoms in our adult life :
-poor sense of own identity (click here)
-low self-esteem (click here)
-inability to control our emotions (click here)
-loneliness and social isolation
-unrealistic guilt (click here)
-anxiety (click here)
-failure syndrome (a feeling that any success we have is undeserved – instead, it is seen as a fluke and there is constant dread that one’s ‘true ineptitude’ (as the individual sees it) will be exposed at any minute
-violent mood swings
-crisis orientation (an intense need to deal with the crises of others)
-depression (click here)
-unresolved anger (click here)
-sexual acting out (click here)
-eating disorders (click here)
-addictions (click here)
-chronic fatigue syndrome (click here)
-codependency (click here)
-inability to form/maintain relationships (click here)
-borderline personality disorder (BPD) click here
-post-traumatic stress disorder/complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD? CPTSD) click here
-transference of needs (if we were not loved and shown affection as children we may, in our adult lives, substitute other things for them such as alcohol, drugs, sex, and food).
Why can suffering significant childhood trauma cause so much harm to our adult lives?
The effects of childhood trauma can outlive, sometimes by decades (without appropriate therapeutic intervention), the actual period for which the trauma was directly experienced. However, there are effective treatments, such as cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy.
David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE)