Childhood trauma is a psychological response to adversity or a highly stressful event experienced in a person’s childhood that has health effects that extend into adulthood. Childhood trauma can manifest itself within adulthood in a plethora of ways.
Examples of Traumatic Events Experienced in Childhood
These events may be isolated or ongoing. A child can also develop trauma upon witnessing a traumatic event happen to someone else. As previously mentioned, not everyone develops a trauma response to these types of events.
Symptoms of Childhood Trauma
Childhood adversity can have a long-lasting negative impact on a person’s quality of life, especially when it comes to a person’s mental health. Children who are exposed to trauma may also develop a heightened stress response that can hinder a person’s ability to regulate their emotions, cause sleep difficulties, lower immune function, and can inhibit a variety of physical illnesses into adulthood. Some examples of the negative symptoms that stem from childhood trauma include the following: