Is it worse if your traumatic experience took place in early childhood ?
Last Updated: 06/09/2020 at 9:50am
Andrea McDonald, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
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I believe so. Childhood trauma can sometimes stay buried and unconsciously effect your behaviour the rest of your life.
Generally labeling traumatic experiences dehumanizes the experience. Every person's experience is different and effects them differently. Some people don't remember childhood traumas while others do. It always depends on the individual.
I think so. My traumatic exp took place in early childhood. I grew up with a ruined common sense. I had a hard time figuring out the wrong from the right. Also since it was in early childhood, I had no childhood.
A traumatic experience is traumatic at any stage in a persons life, talking about this, working through this , coming to terms with this is vital. If you keep is event inside for years, when do let this out it is better done in a controlled environment. Flash backs , can make you relive event sometimes for the first time, need expert help to deal with these.
Everyone is different. Nobody is the same or experiences the same feelings or emotions. If you have experienced a traumatic event or no somebody who has, perhaps you can speak to someone you trust or talk with a counselor or therapist.
Traumatic experience in childhood can interrupt our development and as children we are far less able to process the traumatic experience but it depends on the help and support offered and received, it is possible to recover from and learn to process it differently so it doesn't have such a large impact on our lives.
When I was 7 My father killed himself from PTSD, Now I have volunteered for the army, I will serve my country as he has served.
Yes. Because you look back and you remember all what took place. It can haunt you and make you sad, upset. That can stop you from many things that’s you want to attain later in life. You feel as if a part of you has been taken away and sometimes might even think it’s your fault even when it is not. You feel guilt because you are part of the family, friends etc. You think about it and it hurts in your soul. That can take over your mind and make you feel sad at any time and it hurts
Depends. Trauma can be very bad and challenging in adults too. Children nevertheless tend to be more vulnerable, as they dont have a lot of coping mechanisms learned. The same situation can be experienced differently intense depending on the understanding of the situation and resilience. Adults tend to acknowledge trauma more often and initiate contraindicators. Children often arent aware of what happened to them, so they carry their trauma for years which can resolve in unhealthy coping mechanisms, serious mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, multiple personalities, OCD and others. The longer those stay untreated, the more severe they can get. So I'd say trauma in children are more likely to leave severe damage to mental health, but that doesnt mean trauma in adults cant. I hope my answer can help you out. If there are any questions left, feel free to ask. Have a nice day!
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