Dealing With Our Childhood Issues

For a lot of us, events that occur during our childhood can build barriers to happiness later in life.

When you’re still dealing with childhood issues into adulthood, you might start to wonder if childhood trauma will ever stop, or just go away.

The answer to that can be yes, it’s totally possible to create a healthy, safe mental place where we can thrive.

Dealing With Our Childhood Issues

How Does Unresolved Childhood Trauma Manifest in Adults?

Manifestations of childhood trauma in adulthood can include difficulties with social interaction, various health problems, low self-esteem and a lack of direction.

Adults with unresolved childhood trauma are often more prone to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicide and self-harm.

What is Stored Trauma in The Body?

Trauma is not physically held in our muscles or bones. Instead, the need to protect oneself from perceived threats is stored in the memory and emotional centers of the brain, such as the hippocampus and amygdala.

This activates the body whenever a situation reminds the person of the traumatic event or events.

Does Childhood Trauma Change the Brain?

Childhood trauma can physically damage the brain by triggering toxic stress.

Strong, frequent, or prolonged toxic stress re-wires several areas of the brain, altering their activity and influence over emotions and the body itself.

Trauma-induced changes to the brain can result in varying degrees of cognitive impairment and emotional dysregulation that can lead to a host of problems.

Some of these problems may include difficulty with attention and focus, learning disabilities, lower self-esteem, impaired social skills, and sleep disturbances.

What Can Unhealed Trauma Look Like?

As mentioned, there can be cognitive signs of unhealed trauma. We may experience nightmares or flashbacks that take us back to the traumatic event.

We may struggle with mood swings, as well as disorientation or confusion, which can make it challenging to perform daily tasks.

Why is it So Hard to Get Over Childhood Trauma?

As mentioned, childhood trauma can alter brain structure and even change how certain genes are expressed.

A traumatized child might numb themselves as a defense, complicating our later attempts to access the emotions needed for healing.

What Does Emotional Neglect in Childhood Look Like?

Examples of emotional neglect can include:

  • Lack of emotional support during difficult times or illness.
  • Withholding or not showing affection, even when requested.
  • Exposure to domestic violence and other types of abuse.

What Are the Long-Term effects of Childhood Trauma on Adults?

Adults with a history of trauma in childhood have been shown to have more chronic physical conditions and problems.

They may engage in riskier behaviors that compound these conditions, for example smoking, substance use, and diet or exercise habits that lead to obesity.

What Are Signs of Childhood Trauma?

  • Depression.
  • Anger.
  • Problems with trust.
  • Withdrawal.
  • Anxiety.
  • Avoidance.
  • Self-destructive or risky behaviors.
  • Reliving the event through flashbacks or nightmares.

Can I Ever Heal from Childhood Trauma?

Healing from childhood trauma can be possible. It usually begins with self-discovery and understanding.

Confronting your issues and the ways they have have permeated your life can lead to acceptance and a willingness to continue the healing process.

How do You Release Childhood Trauma?

Recognize the trauma. As adults we must first acknowledge the certain childhood experience as trauma.

Be patient with yourself, as self-criticism and guilt can be very common when it comes to adults who have lived through a traumatic childhood. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help or seek guidance from a professional.

What Steps Can We Take to Reverse Childhood Trauma?

  • Educate yourself.
  • Avoid blame.
  • Be patient.
  • Write it all out.
  • Do things that you enjoyed as a child.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask for help.
  • Seek support from a mental health professional.

How to Heal Childhood Trauma Spiritually?

Forgive yourself for things you couldn’t control. What happened to you as a child was not your fault. Cast off the chains on your heart and spirit that was put there by others.

Final Thoughts

Among other issues mentioned above, unresolved childhood trauma affects our self-esteem and creates anxiety.

Try working through your issues slowly and recognize that none of it is your fault, now you are back squarely in control, and can take actionable steps to facilitate healing.

Thanks for reading, I wish the best for you.

Sources and Other Reading:

How to Heal Childhood Trauma as an Adult

What is the Future of Mental Health?

How to Be Happy Again

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