Research has shown that an estimated 46% of children experience trauma at some point in their life. Although there is a common belief that children are resilient and can bounce back from anything, childhood trauma can have a long-lasting impact on an individual.
Childhood trauma is an event experienced by a child that elicits fear in them and is more often than not violent, dangerous or life-threatening. These experiences do not have to happen to the child directly. Watching people near them go from something can also result in this. If left untreated, childhood trauma can have a detrimental effect on the child’s physical, emotional and mental health. It will also prevent them from forming healthy relationships as an adult.
Therapists use various tools like cognitive processing therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy (TF-CBT), Narrative exposure therapy (NET), play therapy, art therapy and much more to help you overcome this. It is never too late to receive help to deal with childhood trauma. Even if you experienced something more than half a decade ago but it is still unresolved, you can seek help. Therapists will help you overcome it.