Trauma Suffered in Childhood


Early-life experiences, stressful or traumatic ones, have intergenerational consequences for child behavior and mental health. Evidence suggests the effects of adverse childhood events take a toll in large part because of toxic stress responses that appear to be universal. Parents who growing up suffered four or more adverse events before they were 18, including neglect, abuse and household dysfunction, were more likely to have children with behavioral issues, such as being hyperactive or having problems regulating their emotions research has found.

Trauma Behavior and Mental Health

Exposure to trauma can lead to risk-taking behavior during adolescence, such as running away and other delinquent behaviors. Further, individuals that have had exposure to trauma also may engage in behaviors that put them at risk for criminal behavior, as well as having a high incidence of alcohol and drug use. Men and females who have exposed to trauma are more likely to suffer from emotional disorders, such as, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and depression and these same behaviors and emotional disorders can be intergenerationally passed.

So, What do We Do with Trauma?

Part of working through trauma is looking at and exploring how the trauma affected you. Then how it harmed your personal environment. Often, it is easiest to see how we as individuals have experienced an event. However, the jump to larger issues feels like it de-personalizes it.

Lawanda Harmon, PhD, Psychometrist, Post-Doc Psychologist is the owner of Re-Mapping Minds. To schedule a session call 770-599-7512.