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5 Major Effects of Childhood Trauma

Our first ten years of life have a profound impact on the rest of our lives. Because of this, childhood trauma can have a lasting negative effect on our mental and physical health and wellbeing.

More often than you may imagine, children experience trauma. Traumatic stress in children can have effects that persist far into adulthood. A child’s health and well-being may suffer long-term, detrimental impacts due to childhood trauma or unfavorable events. However, your child can recover and thrive with the right support, knowledge, recognition, and care. Here are some effects of childhood trauma to watch out for.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

PTSD, which results from unresolved trauma, is a particularly unique mental health condition that does not always appear in those who encounter trauma, even though many people are aware of it. According to studies, approximately 15% to 43% of girls and 14% to 43% of boys experience at least one trauma. PTSD affects 3% to 15% of girls and 1% to 6% of boys who have experienced trauma as children or adolescents. Having stated that a few symptoms of PTSD include:

  • experiencing it again (flashbacks or nightmares)
  • avoidance
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • anger
  • difficulties with trust
  • dangerous or damaging behaviors
  • withdrawal

Difficulty forming relations and attachment

Problems building ties and relationships are another effects of childhood trauma that persists into adulthood. For instance, if a loved one or caregiver was responsible for the trauma you experienced as a youngster, you might grow to distrust people. This mistrust may persist into adulthood and impact your capacity to build relationships with other people. Or perhaps you routinely associate with negative individuals because that is what you know from your upbringing (a victim of child abuse may marry an abusive spouse, for example). In any event, if you find it challenging to build strong bonds with your classmates, this could indicate unresolved childhood trauma.

Problems in emotional control and reactions

The inability to control your emotions may be another repercussion of childhood trauma. This issue may present itself in a variety of ways, including:

  • unrestrained rage
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • a difficulty communicating your emotions
  • withdrawal

Physical health

In addition to having a negative impact on your mental and emotional health, childhood trauma can also have an adverse effect on your physical health. For instance, studies have shown that children who experienced abuse were more likely to experience significant health problems, such as:

  • diabetes
  • artery disease of the heart
  • asthma
  • stroke

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Adults who have traumatic childhood experiences have been demonstrated to have much greater rates of suicide attempts.


Our first ten years of life have a profound impact on the rest of our lives. Our early experiences leave lasting imprints on our bodies, brains, and personalities during this incredibly fast period of growth and development. Because of this, childhood trauma can have a lasting negative effect on our mental and physical health and wellbeing.

The childhood trauma effect cannot be undone, but it is possible to heal through therapy sessions with expert clinicians. Call your doctor for more information.


  1. Understanding Child Trauma. (2022, April 22). Understanding Child Trauma | SAMHSA; Retrieved July 22, 2022 at www.samhsa.gov. https://www.samhsa.gov/child-trauma/understanding-child-trauma

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