Healing from within

IT HAS been described as a hidden epidemic — the array of illnesses and disorders arising from childhood trauma that blight the lives of patients and burden the health system.

According to guidelines produced by the advocacy group Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) and endorsed by the RACGP, unresolved childhood trauma is a wellspring of misery, often misdiagnosed and unaddressed, that can spill from generation to generation.

It is an antecedent in two-thirds of mental health presentations and behind a lot of drug and alcohol addictions and self-harm.

Studies show that survivors of