Our experiences in childhood affect us deeply. In particular, traumatic experiences in childhood—such as emotional, physical, or sexual abuse; seeing violence; divorce; natural disasters; and war—can have lasting psychological consequences, even years after the trauma is over. These psychological consequences can show themselves in a variety of mental health disorders, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, dissociative disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and can even contribute to the development of personality disorders.
Any of these disorders left untreated can have profound effects on people’s lives, leading them to feel alone and scared, unable to move past the trauma and lead a fulfilling life.
Healing childhood trauma might take help from a professional mental healthcare provider and therapist to alleviate symptoms of anxiety through a range of therapeutic modalities. A good mental health care provider should be able to guide the person dealing with trauma through their experiences and find resolution.
While a therapist or psychiatrist can provide the tools and insight one might need to get better, there needs to be cooperation and self-care on the patient’s part.
Some steps in healing one’s childhood trauma might include:
- Acknowledging childhood experiences and move past them through things like journaling, validation, affirmation, and self-forgiveness.
- Identifying and analyzing the neglect and considering the bigger picture surrounding the event or events.
- Identifying and analyzing your own reactions and perhaps self-harming manifestations that have risen from your developed habits.
- Embracing your emotions and owning them for the reality that they are.
- Mending your pain and trauma by being proactive about making a positive change in your life, or perhaps another person’s life, to build self-esteem, purpose, and fulfillment.
Read our post on how to heal your inner child for more detailed information.