Effect of Childhood Trauma
Trauma is a heavy word. Paradoxically, the way out of trauma is through it, holding it lightly in the landscapes of our minds. Studies have found that a large majority of the population has experienced some form of childhood trauma – some in adverse social circumstances. Scientists have also found that early childhood adversity has a significant and tangible impact on our adult lives. As you will read, the more trauma we face, the more likely we are to encounter physical and psychological illnesses in our adult lives, and we will feel less than healthy.
The blessed thing, however, is that the impacts of trauma are reversible. Through awareness, acceptance, and active change, the adult-we can reverse the detrimental consequences of choicelessly experiences childhood trauma.
Research on Adverse Childhood Experiences
In this section, we will first look at the first large-scale Western study on the relationship between early childhood trauma (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and adult outcomes. We will also look at the outcomes of longterm institutionalization of children in India (where, even intuitively, the presence of ACEs in pre-shelter or shelter life seems a strong likelihood). Finally, we will learn more about the biology of ACEs, studying early infant brain development (prenatal, perinatal, post-partum, and ages 0-3), the role of neurotransmitters in regulating moods and health. We will also try to discover how such neurobiology affects our daily lives.