In the USA, nearly 700,000 children are abused in U.S each year. Unfortunately, trauma leaves a legacy; research by the CDC shows that trauma survivors are more likely to die by suicide, suffer chronic mental and physical illness, have a shortened life span, and fall prey to abuse in their adult relationships.
The reason? Trauma, especially in early childhood, where the brain is still fragile and in development, causes structural changes in the brain that impact how one senses and processes emotions.
Additionally, survivors often lack skills on how to regulate emotions, communicate effectively, set healthy boundaries, and build healthy relationships, and as a result, many survivors are revictimized in their adult relationships.
In these 2 episodes, I cover 30 signs that you've suffered childhood trauma.
If you think you are uniquely broken from the abuse, I want you to know that you are not. As Viktor Frankl said, "“An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.” Your brain and body did the best they can to cope with impossible situations, and as an adult, you can learn how to heal yourself and how to have successful relationships.
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My name is Yumay Chang, and I run Life Is Love School, a global support group for childhood trauma survivors. I had a challenging childhood, and I know what it’s like to feel not good enough and not lovable. I learned through over two decades of research and plenty of trial and error how to heal so I can live a life of joy, love, and purpose. Now I help women that are successful at work but are unfulfilled in their personal lives do the same so they can also shine their brightest.
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