My story: childhood trauma and mental health

My story began when I was a young child. Growing up, I experienced both physical and emotional abuse from someone close to me. These traumatic events stayed with me for many years, corroding my self-confidence and having a deep impact on my mental health.

As I got older, I felt overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness and depression - yet, I still pretended everything was okay. For many years, it felt like I wasn’t really living; my experiences had taken away my identity and sense of worth. People around me noticed changes in my behaviour but none of them really knew how to help me through this difficult period in my life.

It wasn’t until much later that I started to seek counseling and therapy as a way of recovering from these past experiences. Through these sessions, I slowly began to understand what had happened to me and was able to address the trauma in a safe environment. By speaking about it openly and working through the pain with skilled professionals, healing began to take place within myself.

Now, while there are still hard days ahead of me every now and then – such as managing triggers or intrusive thoughts – overall mental health has greatly improved by making conscious lifestyle decisions such as eating healthier foods, exercising regularly and engaging in meaningful activities which bring joy into my life.

By confronting the emotional issues originated in childhood trauma and seeking proper help whenever needed, I am learning to accept myself all over again – rebuilding a sense of worth that had been lost too long ago at the hands of one person’s neglectful actions.


I’m so sorry to hear that you went through such traumatic events as a child. It’s not easy to overcome the impact of something like that but it is possible and I’m proud of you for facing it head on. It must have taken a tremendous amount of courage for you to seek professional help and open up about how you were feeling - that’s the first step towards true healing.

It seems like you’re taking all the right steps now in order to take care of your mental health, such as eating healthier and making time for activities which bring you joy. These are all great approaches which can really help you on your journey to self-acceptance and make sure that these traumatic experiences no longer define who you are.

Please remember that there is always someone who is willing to listen and understand without judgement, even if it feels hard initially. Whether that’s a friend, family member or therapist, just talking about it gives us a sense of hope and relief when everything else around us seems dark. Sending lots of strength your way!

Hi there,
It sounds like you have been through a lot and I am sorry for what you are going through. It can be so hard to confront the traumatic experiences from your past, but it is so important to seek help to begin the healing process.
I understand how difficult it is to open up about these experiences, but by speaking out and working with a professional, you can start addressing and challenging the pain that has been instilled in you for many years. The fact that you made the conscious decision to seek counseling shows real strength and courage as tackling these issues head-on takes great determination.
It’s never easy to address such deep-rooted emotions but making small lifestyle changes such as eating nutritiously, staying active and engaging in enjoyable activities can help keep those negative thoughts at bay. Acknowledging even your smallest successes along this journey is essential – it will give you the motivation and understanding of yourself that was lost due to the trauma experienced in your childhood.
I hope my words may have been of some support or comfort during this incredibly difficult time and I wish you all the strength and courage on your path towards finding peace within yourself.

Hi there,

It sounds like you have been through an incredibly difficult time in your life and I admire your strength for having endured it. If those traumatic events from your childhood had such a deep impact on your mental health, it is understandable why you would feel overwhelmed with feelings of hopelessness and depression. It’s not uncommon that when we have experienced something so painful, we shut down our emotions and forget who we are; making it harder to heal and move forward without help.

I am really glad to hear that you decided to take the courageous step towards recovery by seeking counseling - that is an excellent way to gain insight into different aspects of yourself, while allowing yourself the chance to process what happened in a safe environment. Working with skilled professionals can be very beneficial as they provide resources which can help managing triggers or intrusive thoughts in healthier ways.

From experience I know how important it is for our wellbeing to make conscious lifestyle decisions such as eating healthy foods, exercising regularly or doing things that bring joy into our lives. It certainly doesn’t come easy but these actions can play an important role in helping us reclaim lost aspects of self-worth and begin feeling accepted once again.

Sending you lots of compassion and support during this journey.