Impact of Childhood Trauma

ACT (acute childhood trauma) is a significant cause of depression, behavior problems, depression, suicides, drug abuse.

"Childhood trauma darkens the child’s vision of the future as well as her attitudes about people. Young people who have been traumatized will voice cautious, one-day-at-a-time attitudes. They may say that you can’t count on anyone. Traumatized children tend to recognize the profound vulnerability in all people, especially themselves.

Trauma-related fears often persist into adulthood. Passing fears – of strangers, the dark, being alone – are not uncommon at certain developmental stages of childhood and also appear in other emotional disorders.

Within the traumatized child, internal changes may occur which can affect her later in life, surfacing in adolescence or early adulthood. Without treatment, some childhood traumas can result in later problems characters by violent behavior, extremes of passivity and revictimization, self-mutilation, suicidal or self-endangering behavior, and anxiety disturbances."

--Excerpt from Your Child on Childhood Trauma and Its Effects, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology

R.A. Dickey's Story on 60 Minutes

"R.A.'s story is more than a story about baseball," 60 Minutes producer Rich Bonin told us. "It's a story about life." During R.A. Dickey's emotional 60 Minutes interview, the great knuckleball pitcher talked openly about the darkest moments of his life -- from the sexual abuse he suffered at age 8 to his depression and the extramarital affair that almost ended his marriage. In this week's 60 Minutes Overtime, you'll hear Dickey share something he's never discussed in public before: how close he came to ending his own life."

--60 Minutes Overtime 


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