childhood trauma: Tracing the Roots of Trauma

Well if you’ve been to therapy you must be familiar with  the term childhood trauma , and the big question is always , “what’s my childhood trauma?” or “did I really experience childhood trauma while growing up?”

, “A child’s heart is like a delicate bud, easily bruised but capable of blooming again.”


Just like sweet childhood memories we all have our child hood traumas. Childhood trauma is an event experienced by a child that evokes fear and is commonly violent, dangerous, or life-threatening. Childhood traumas can range from physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, parental conflicts and many other experiences that might have negatively affected you while you were a child. These traumas occur mostly during your formative years from the day you were born till your early teen-age years. 

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what’s my trauma….?

Not sure if you have had childhood trauma? Well, try this little experiment with me. Think about your parent’s relationship with each other. Now really think about it, reflect on what it was like, what you observed, and now imagine yourself having a relationship that was exactly like your parents. How does that make you feel? That your parents ignore each other and almost live separate lives? Maybe you felt neglected? Did they fight a lot? Maybe you felt unsafe? Who was more controlling? Who was more submissive? All of these are clues to unresolved childhood traumas. Because if you had parents who showed up like this, there’s a very good chance they projected this on to you.

Consistently being around unhappy, stressed parents has a Very negative effect on any child and it directly affects the relationship that you will find yourself in later on in life. The good thing is that unresolved childhood traumas can be healed through therapy….

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Impacts of childhood trauma

Childhood trauma can have extreme and far-reaching impacts on an individual’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. These impacts can extend well into adulthood, influencing various characteristics of a person’s life. Some of the key impacts of childhood trauma include:

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  1. Emotional Effects: this type of trauma can lead to a wide range of emotional responses, such as anxiety, depression, fear, anger, and shame. Survivors may struggle with regulating their emotions and experience intense mood swings.
  2. Behavioral Effects: Most trauma survivors may display behavioral responses such as withdrawal, aggression, self-harm, substance abuse, risk-taking, or other maladaptive coping mechanisms.
  3. Relationship Difficulties: Trauma can impact a person’s ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. Survivors may struggle with trust, intimacy, and communication, leading to challenges in both personal and professional connections.
  4. Self-Esteem and Self-Worth: Childhood trauma can negatively affect self-esteem and self-worth. Survivors may develop feelings of inadequacy, worthlessness, and a persistent sense of not being deserving of love or success.
  5. Coping Mechanisms: In response to trauma, individuals may develop coping mechanisms that help them survive adverse conditions but can be harmful in the long run, such as dissociation, avoidance, or emotional numbing.
  6. Mental Health Disorders: Trauma significantly increases the risk of developing mental health disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety disorders, and dissociative disorders.
  7. Trust Issues: Childhood trauma can erode a person’s ability to trust others, leading to difficulties in forming secure and healthy attachments.
  8. Academic and Professional Impacts: Childhood trauma can affect academic performance, leading to learning difficulties and decreased educational attainment. It may also impact career choices and job stability in adulthood.
  9. Physical and Sexual Health: Survivors of childhood trauma may experience sexual dysfunction, reproductive issues, and a higher likelihood of engaging in risky sexual behaviors.
  10. Resilience and Growth: Despite the significant challenges, some individuals may develop resilience and find opportunities for growth through their trauma experiences.


In conclusion, exploring the roots of childhood trauma sheds light on the lasting effects it can have on individuals. By recognizing the significance of early experiences, we can better support survivors in their healing journey. It is crucial to break the cycle of trauma through awareness, intervention, and compassionate care. By fostering resilience and providing safe spaces, we pave the way for a brighter and more hopeful future for those affected by childhood trauma.

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