Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from Childhood Trauma

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The National Institute of Mental Health defines post-traumatic stress disorder as “a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.”

Causes of PTSD:

  • Abuse {emotional, physical, or sexual}
  • Childhood trauma
  • Feeling helpless or extreme fear
  • Having little to no help after a traumatic event
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Witnessing a death

When we think of the words “post-traumatic stress disorder”, we often think of a war-torn veteran, the victim of a catastrophic event, or a survivor of physical abuse. Why is it that we never think of survivors of childhood traumas?

A childhood left to recover from leads to more emotional anguish than one could imagine. From anxieties to self-hate, there is not a stone is left unturned. Many think millennials or generation z’s are “over emotional” or “dramatic”, when those who raised these generations refuse to see the mark they left. It is easier to pretend you provided the best childhood to your kids than it is to admit your wrongdoings.

Types of Childhood Trauma:

  • Abuse {emotional, physical, sexual}
  • Acts of terror
  • Bullying
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Neglect

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates “two-thirds of all children report some type of traumatic incident by age 16”. Of these children, studies show that 3% to 15% of girls and 1% to 6% of boys develop PTSD from a trauma they have experienced. Though these numbers may seem small to some, no child deserves a childhood they must recover from; a childhood that leaves an eternity of pain, guilt, suffering.

Effects of Childhood Trauma:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Distorted feelings of guilt or blame
  • Inability to form healthy relationships
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts

 

I am that 3% to 15%.

 

A little back story:

As a little girl, barely one-year-old, I was exposed to such a stressful environment that I began pulling out my own hair; but that didn’t trigger anyone. My life continued with being bounced around from drug-addicted parents to drug-addicted babysitters. Being abandoned at age two by the two people put on this earth to protect me. At age nine, I was left to deal with the suicide of my biological father. Years of emotional and even some physical abuse by my legal guardians. Sexual abuse in middle school at the hands of a boy a few years older than me. Multiple suicide attempts.

I have since been diagnosed with generalized anxiety, major depressive disorder, and PTSD

 

If you or someone you love is struggling, reach out and get help. Don’t let society shame you into thinking there is something wrong with you. Don’t let them tell you it’s “weak” to take medication for your mental health struggles. Reaching out for help is the strongest thing you could ever do. Reach out, it could save your life. You can have all that you’ve dreamed of. The white-picket fence, the husband/wife, the kids playing in the yard… Don’t give up. It is possible to go on to lead a normal life, regardless of how you feel in this moment.

If you or someone you know is struggling, get help. Be a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on for your friend, sister, brother, whoever they are to you. Do not belittle the feelings of an individual recovering from their childhood.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

You are beautiful. You are loved. You are worthy.


Submitted: April 20, 2021

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