How Does Childhood Trauma Impact Our Current Selves?

Did you have a rough childhood? You’re not alone. About half of American children have experienced at least one type of serious childhood trauma, with a third of that group experiencing at least two traumatic events. Unfortunately, these early experiences don’t just disappear once the child grows into an adult. For many people, these haunting memories leave lasting and complicated consequences. They can stunt identity formation, attribute to mental illness, and hinder healthy relationships.

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