Childhood trauma can carry into adulthood

November 21, 2018 - 3:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — According to research from the University of Vermont, trauma experienced in childhood can be psychologically carried into adulthood. 

The effects can range from small to dramatic. For instance, childhood trauma was associated with poor functioning in adulthood including worsening health and exhibiting risky or criminal behavior. 

However, in other instances the childhood trauma can reveal itself in the form of depression, substance abuse disorders and an inability to perform normal activities of social functioning. 

According to the study, an individual traumatic event does not necessarily lead to problems years down the road unless it is quite severe. There was a direct association found with multiple traumatic events. 

Another very important point is the fact that the short-term impact of such trauma could put a child at risk for issues at an earlier age as well.