How Does Childhood Trauma Impact Adulthood? By Taunya Cochrane

I am an advocate for mental health, breaking down the stigma for those of us who reach out for help, and a voice for those who sadly couldn’t. This post by a therapist I worked with caught my eye and spoke to my heart, I wanted to share it. I love that Taunya encourages effort (action) in mental health just as we would with physical health, they are equally important and it is never too late to address it…


Your childhood trauma has likely affected you as an adult in a variety of ways. There are many known factors that are a direct result of childhood trauma. Many people are unable to regulate their emotions and have difficulty with their memory. They also may have a distorted perception of the perpetrators of abuse, low self worth and a pessimistic view of the world, which in turn, impacts the quality of their relationships. This can be treated by sharing your story in a safe environment and understanding how your thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all interconnected so that change can be made. If these insecurities and fears are not challenged, they usually lead to further trauma and further pain.

Some of the signs that you may be working through or are impacted by childhood trauma are holding onto anger, anxiety, and depression. Many people also have physical symptoms, such as tense or aching muscles, unexplained pain, or stomach problems.

Sharing your painful feelings and thoughts can improve your quality of life and relationships. Mental well being does not just happen, it takes effort like physical wellness. There is a difference between surviving and fully living. You are worth it.


Taunya Cochrane is private practise therapist located in Grande Prairie, Alberta who has been providing support to individuals, couples and children for over 20 years using a wide range of clinical approaches and a warm, caring demeanor. You can connect with Taunya via her website

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