Surviving physical abuse as a child can have severe and serious impacts that last into adulthood. These effects can show up in many ways – emotional, physical, psychological, etc.
Physical effects might include scars, injuries, and chronic health problems that last for years. For example, physical abuse can lead to traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain, or disabilities. This can remind survivors of their abuse and affect how they feel about their bodies and themselves.
Emotional impacts can also be severe. These can often include feelings of fear, guilt, shame, and anger. Survivors might find it hard to trust others – especially those close to them. They also will be much more prone to disorders such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.
Psychological effects due to physical abuse are especially difficult. Survivors will often feel powerless and question their own thoughts and judgements. They might develop negative self-image and self-esteem, making it feel difficult to reach life goals.
It’s very important to seek help from a professional if you’re struggling – healing takes time and you’re certainly not alone if you’re struggling with this. While healing isn’t easy and there is no ‘quick fix’, it is certainly possible and there are resources and there is support out there for you.