This is important. This is also something I’ve been spending a lot of time talking to people about, and thinking about.
“A long-term study of 1,420 people finds that childhood trauma is more commonplace than is often assumed, and that its effects upon the transition to adulthood and adult functioning are not only confined to post-traumatic stress symptoms and depression, but are more broadly based.”
I’ll have much more to say about this in the near future, but let me just say this. Childhood trauma creates mental, and physical, health issues in children. Left untreated, those conditions only deteriorate as they grow into adulthood.
This leaves us with a large, and growing, group of hurting adults. There is a straight line path, statistically speaking, from untreated childhood trauma, into mental health issues, addiction, repeated abuse, crime, etc.
The more we continue to allow children to live out trauma and refuse to make the necessary treatment options available at an early age for these kids, the more we are asking to have a society filled with troubled adults.
There is so much that can be done, yet we are so far from doing it.