Childhood trauma is very common and may take many forms including emotional, physical, sexual abuse and neglect. Witnessing abuse, parental mental health, addiction issues and feeling unloved and cared for as a child can have effects that remain in adulthood.
Experiencing trauma and abuse as a child or teenager is a very traumatic experience and many survivors find it very difficult to disclose the abuse or seek help. Many people want to forget the past but often find that intrusive painful memories and flashbacks impact their ability to enjoy life. It is important to be aware that with support you can recover fully from childhood trauma and abuse to lead a full life with healthy relationships.
The impact of childhood sexual abuse varies enormously and may depend on the nature and extent of the abuse. Generally long-term effects may include: