Can childhood trauma cause lifelong addiction?

Can childhood trauma cause lifelong addiction?

Trauma is a physical or psychological damage that one may experience as a result of facing a difficult or painful event in life. An individual who has dealt with a traumatic event in his/her life may have to deal with certain emotional, psychological or physical effects, including stress that could be difficult to cope with. Trauma is of various kinds and is the result of actions such as bullying, domestic violence, sexual abuse, alcoholic parents, surviving a war or extreme weather conditions, verbal abuse or any other. As an adult, a certain level of maturity or experience may help in mitigating the effects of such trauma, but a child, in many ways, is more vulnerable and thus, far worse off in the face of extreme situations. Read more

When the blade cuts too deep: The psychology behind self-inflicted harm

When the blade cuts too deep: The psychology behind self-inflicted harm

“But it helps release the pain / That I go through every day / The blade is sharp and cold / As it runs across my skin / Leaving me to ponder / And decide how deep I cut in.” These are the words from a poem written by Cassandra Johnson, who was addicted to a self-inflicted behavior known as cutting. Cutting, burning and scratching are painful methods of self-harm known as non-suicidal self-injury. Because suicides receive more media attention, less information and statistics are available on self-harm with no intent to commit suicide.

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