How growing up rapidly can cause us grief and trauma

When a child is raised by emotionally immature parents, then he/she grows up fast enough to become the parent that he/she never got. Moreover, these children do not receive any love or affection from their parents.

Therefore, this sort of parenting environment can be too much for our mental health and we may end up having deformed adult relationships as well.

Says therapist Linda Meredith on the effects of growing up too fast,

Navigating through life after experiencing developmental trauma often means having had to grow up too fast. This can leave deep emotional imprints and unique challenges in adulthood.

What can developmental trauma lead us to during adulthood

Here are some of the signs that can describe to us that we or the other person has gone through developmental trauma.

Always being a strong person

Although we may be feeling weak or sad from the inside, we have to show our parents and others that we are strong individuals and can tackle any situation well.

Can’t ask for help from others

When we have been victims of developmental trauma, we find it quite hard to ask and receive help from others. This is because we didn’t receive any help from our parents when growing up during childhood. That’s also the reason why we end up doing most of the things by ourselves.

Complete disconnect from childhood memories

Furthermore, we don’t show empathy for ourselves when we need it the most and block out all of our childhood memories as well. Additionally, we also show a complete disconnect from our memories.

Showing empathy for others

After getting hurt by others, we start showing sympathy for their behavior towards us and also face emotional maturity gaps which makes it quite difficult to solve childhood trauma.

Having a repeat show of trauma in adulthood

Finally, the emotions and traumas that we experience during childhood come back and haunt us in adulthood as well. Also, we start mourning about the childhood that we never had or lost.

So, these are the signs of developmental trauma that we must be aware of in ourselves and others around us.

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