The Science Behind The Long-term Effects of Youth Trauma

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The greater a child’s terror, and the earlier it is experienced, the harder it becomes to develop a strong and healthy sense of self.
― Nathaniel Branden

Wow, am I glad I went back to school. I am learning so much. Fortunately or unfortunately, I am discovering that my theories on the long-term effects of bullying or other childhood trauma are correct and possibly even worse than I thought. I feel lucky to have decided to study mental health and wellness counseling more and to discover that the science is going on. Yes, adults have been studied and it is proven that the early childhood risks or what I now know as ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study) proved the great damage that comes from untreated youth trauma.

I really don’t need to say anymore, because Dr. Nadine Burke Harris says it all in this brilliant speech. The studies are real. The data is real. Now we need to do something about it. If bullying and abuse continue in childhood, we are deeply affected as adults with greater health risks. We need to advocate for change in this area. I hope you get as much from the video as I did.

If you would rather read the transcript, you can find it here.

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About Alan Eisenberg

Alan Eisenberg is a Certified Life Coach, Bullying Recovery activist and author of "A Ladder In The Dark: My journey from bullying to self-acceptance" and "Crossing the Line". He has been writing and speaking to various audiences about the issue of C-PTSD and Bullying Recovery. Mr. Eisenberg has been featured on several print, radio shows and podcasts on this issue, including NPR and in the Boston Globe. He is currently working toward his Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
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