Is Childhood Trauma Impacting Me as an Adult?

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This is a big question and if you are asking, you may already be experiencing some of the long-lasting effects of childhood trauma. Adults who experience childhood trauma are twice as likely to develop depression and three times more likely to develop anxiety.

What is Childhood Trauma?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, childhood trauma is defined as: “The experience of an event by a child that is emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects.” The first types of trauma that come to mind is physical or emotional abuse. Trauma can also come in the form of witnessing or knowing about physical or emotional abuse. Additionally, trauma can come in the form of surviving a natural disaster or losing a home.

Doesn’t Everyone Experience Trauma?

Not everyone, but it is common. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 78 percent of children report more than one traumatic experience before the age of 5. These include sexual abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence, and traumatic loss or bereavement. Only a few of these get addressed, less than 20 percent, and can impact daily life into adulthood.

How Can It Impact Adulthood?

When childhood trauma is not addressed, it can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can cause changes in your thinking, behavioral, emotional, or arousal. If PTSD is causing you distress or impacting your functioning, it is wise to seek treatment to get help with whatever changes you are experiencing. Click for more information on how trauma can develop into PTSD.

What Are the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders?

  • Recurrent memories, thoughts, dreams, or nightmares that are about, or related in content to, the traumatic event(s)
  • Flashbacks, feeling disconnected from the body (some people describe it as though they are watching their life as it were a movie)
  • The feeling that the world is fake/an illusion or lack of awareness of surroundings.
  • Attempts to avoid distressing thoughts, memories, emotions, or reminders about the event.

For a full list click on symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorders.

Treatment for PTSD

With a supportive, trauma-informed therapist you can get great results with treatments. No two individuals are alike. This means that you should receive the care that is specific to you. Whether you have experienced trauma or are dealing with PTSD, therapeutic support can be life changing.

Do I Need Insurance to See a Therapist?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC., we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.


If you live in Portland or the Portland area and want information or help with PTSD and Trauma,