Ways Childhood Trauma Follows You Into Adulthood

Trauma occurs in different ways, from emotional, physical, verbal, and sexual abuse. Trauma and abuse are subjects that are extremely difficult to talk about, and not only that, but trauma also follows you even the traumatic event it’s over. It’s like the feeling of an unknown shadow following every single step you take, an unwanted trail that has been long gone for so long, but it still haunts you every single day. You can’t escape. It seems like you’re trapped in the same routine over and over; not knowing what tomorrow will bring, not even knowing if a nightmare will crawl up in your dreams just to make you even more anxious.

Whether you or someone you know have experienced abuse or has witnessed it, I want to reassure you that it is in no way, shape, or form, your fault nor are you alone in this battle. You have come so far doing everything that needs to be done to heal and continue with your life, and I just wanted to tell you that I’m proud of you; even if we don’t know each other, I’m proud of you.childhood traumaHere are 6 ways childhood trauma follows you into adulthood.

1. As Much As You Would Like To, You Can’t Remember Much Of Your Childhood At All

Does your school years feel like a blur? What do you see when you think back to summer memories, is it all a fog? Can you recall one of the most important moments of your life in full form? Do you still go back to those places trying to understand what went wrong and how you still feel abandoned? Childhood trauma often leaves an enormous gap between what you remember, what you know, and what’s still in the undisclosed part of your memory. Sometimes you’ll find yourself trying to fill in some blanks from an empty space that has been wandering around in your head whenever someone brings up a childhood memory that you have no recollection of, or maybe you do but you don’t remember it as well as the person telling you this does. It feels like you know both the characters but you just don’t know the story.

Those who suffer from childhood trauma may experience flashback memories in which they remember vivid and exact moments, but not the full event that took place, or they can even remember moments that never really happened but the brain decided to create a survival escape plan to fill in the unclear spaces that the subconscious still holds.

When the person looks back on the past, it may seem like it’s made up of more black holes than completely written stories. The person is also exposed to the feeling that someone or something has stolen their childhood from them – depending on the severity of the events that the person has been through as a child.

2. Finding Yourself In Unhealthy Relationships

Growing up in a household that lacks love and emotional support makes you feel like healthy relationships are a strange concept to digest when it comes to relationships outside of your usual ground. Furthermore, some people who went through childhood trauma often become used and see this dynamic as a normal one – the dynamic of a fearful avoidance attachment, where the person aims for emotionally close relationships but finds it difficult to fully trust or depend on others completely.

ways childhood trauma follow you into adulthoodWithout knowing it or being aware, the person might seek destructive relationships, mistaking the mistreatment and hatred, or uncertain doubts for excitement and security.

3. Feeling Like You’re Unworthy Of Love And Affection

People who have been through abuse and neglect in their childhoods might bypass the idea of a romantic relationship because they’re convinced that they aren’t worthy of being loved by others. This is known as the anxious preoccupied attachment syndrome where the person aches to emotionally connect with others but they fear that they might be rejected.

Due to that, vulnerability is usually a restriction barrier because they have once trusted someone who left a deep scar on them. This kind of trauma doesn’t just hurt the person but it also damages their future possible connections with others.

4. Negative Self-Talk Is An Often Occurrence

When a child goes through such unbearable trauma it can get into the victims’ head and it convinces them that they won’t ever be good enough no matter what they do, or how hard they try. This is not something these kids can grow out of, or forget about it when they get older. Verbal abuse often times leaves extremely damaging scars that would take years and years to heal, and it can even be impossible at some point to get past by it without feeling any kind of uncertainty or regret.

It’s a scary sensation how convincing the parents of these children might have manipulated their words towards ruining their child’s self-esteem. Words and actions will always cut deep.

5. The Emotional Rollercoaster

Victims of childhood trauma often grow up and find their way into adulthood with this weird ache of feeling too much, not feeling enough, or not feeling anything at all. Trauma can be characterized by triggering your emotional state of mind and even go as far as to make you feel like you’re not really living your own life but rather the life of that small kid who is still traumatized, not feeling like they’re worthy, and feeling scared of what the outcomes of life might be.

waays childhood trauma affect your adult lifeSome of the signs include but are limited to:

  • Trouble making decisions
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Random outbursts of anger or frustration
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Insomnia

6. You Don’t Know Where You Stand

Identity is a difficult thing as it is and I’m sure most of us have been down that road of trying to find out who we are and where we fit in, but it seems more challenging to grasp or pin down this idea when you face childhood trauma.

It’s a complicated road because the more you try to figure out where you stand, the more you start to question the life that you once had when you were a child. Any kind of trauma leaves a huge mark on our lives and growing up in a place – where you should have never been in the first place – oftentimes makes us believe that you’re nothing besides the trauma you went through. It can be difficult to find and fully understand who we are, but it is never an impossible task to accomplish.

4 thoughts on “Ways Childhood Trauma Follows You Into Adulthood”

  1. I remember all of my childhood trauma. I guess other people are different. I decided early on that this would not control who I am, and I overcame it. You can either have a victim mentality or choose to move on and have a normal, productive life. It’s really up to you, and no one can help you make your choice. Often having people help is the worse thing because they want to make you a victim. You’ll lose yourself with their help.

    1. If a person could have the power to move on with their life after a traumatic event happens to them, regardless of what it might be, I’m pretty sure most people would be living a – what society has stated as “normal” life. You can’t just put trauma in a box and hide it somewhere to never be seen again. It does not work that way. I am glad that you have found within yourself a method of overcoming your situation, but please keep in mind that not everyone deals with their situation in the same way. 

  2. Thanks for writing about childhood trauma. I agree that we do not always remember the exact moment of our childhood, but the trauma has made scars in our hearts and it will be very hard to be healed. I have a certain fear with a tie and other accessories that potentially ‘choke’ you while wearing them. I don’t remember the exact cause, but it just makes me feel suffocated, even if I don’t wear it tightly. Do you think it’s possible to use hypnosis to recover from childhood trauma? 

    1. Personally, I like the usual methods to begin the process of healing (ex. professional help, medication) than going under something that I really don’t know what the aftermaths of it will be. Of course, you don’t know with therapy/medications but those are mostly supported by scientific evidence. I have never tried hypnosis so I can’t profoundly speak on it, but I don’t think that this method will fully heal you from childhood trauma, or any trauma in that matter. 

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