“Sad Boy”, Author Sascha Grosser (CC BY-SA 4.0 International)
A new study by the University of Utah confirms that abuse before the age of 5 can continue to have negative consequences decades later .
This is no surprise to abuse victims. We know we cannot simply “snap out” of depression, anxiety, and PTSD despite the well-meaning advice of friends, family, physicians, and strangers alike. That fact only adds to our sense of isolation.
Researchers found that:
“…those who experienced abuse or neglect early in life consistently were less successful in their social relationships and academic performance during childhood, adolescence and even during adulthood. The effects of maltreatment did not weaken as the participants got older .”
The sad little boy or girl becomes the sad, lonely and/or angry man or woman. Unfortunately, that anger is often turned inward, becoming another destructive force against which we must battle.
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