If you suffered from abuse as a child, whether it was physical, sexual, or emotional, you likely suffered from physical and psychological damages. Perhaps the painful wounds from your childhood led you to self-medicate with substances, or caused you to develop a mental disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). No matter the case, children who are abused experience personality development differently than those who aren’t. Learning more about this could help you understand why you may be self-medicating and why you need to seek treatment.
No matter the type of abuse, it all hurts, and it can for a long time. The effects of abuse are not only damaging in the moment, but can place long-lasting imprints on a person’s mental and physical health. A 2013 study conducted by researchers from California and Pennsylvania found that young adults who were subject to abuse during childhood were at a higher risk for developing health conditions later in life. This could be since many children who are abused experience emotional and physical arousal of the “fight or flight” response, which the child can later find difficult to shut off. When this happens, the person can easily develop an anxiety disorder.
A study published in the International Journal of Business and Social Science examined 106 children from 5 selected protected homes and shelters. Participants were assessed for personality development, with 84.2% of them showing anxiety, 73.3% showing impulsivity, 65.3% showing aggression, and 55.5% showing insecurity characteristics. The study concluded that abuse during childhood can impact a person’s personality development, causing them difficulties in adjustment later and influencing their future wellbeing.
There are a variety of factors that can influence the way a child responds to trauma, including age, developmental status, type of abuse, how often and how long the child was abused, the severity of the abuse, and the relationship between the child and the perpetrator. If you know of a child who has been abused, it’s important they speak to a therapist immediately. If you were abused as a child, know that the damaging effects can fade away the more you develop tools towards your happiness and well-being. Recovery is possible, and treatment is available. Seek the help you deserve today.
New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery treatment programs. If you need help, call us today at 888-316-3665 for a consultation. There is still time and there are many people here that are ready to provide you with the support you need to regain control over your life.