Childhood Trauma And The Personality Disorders

1682 Words Nov 17th, 2016 7 Pages
Abstract
Trauma affects more than twenty-five percent of children in America every year (NCMHP, 2012). This astounding statistic implies that multitudes of individuals are now dealing with the chronic results that these traumas induce, one reoccurring result being personality disorder. The purpose of this paper is to find the connections between the severity of childhood trauma and the personality disorders that can come from it. The purpose of this paper is to find the connections between the severity of childhood trauma and the personality disorders that can come from it. Findings indicate that if children are exposed to long-term trauma during their developmental stages, they are at a higher risk of a personality disorder; these results can be seen through childhood and brain development of those undergoing sever trauma. Both findings can help answer the overall question of how these two saddening occurrences intertwine and possibly, how to prevent them.

Childhood Trauma and Personality Disorders
Trauma is defined as “Any event (or events) that may cause or threaten death, serious injury, or sexual violence to an individual, a close family member, or a close friend” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). These horrifying experiences leave individuals scarred and mentally shaken for an extensive period. However, what happens when it occurs in one of the most influential periods of mental development? Childhood development is a critical time in a person’s…
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