Abuse & Neglect: Lifelong Effects of Childhood Abuse or Neglect – Bergen County, NJ

By: Samantha Santo


Childhood is the foundation of everything.  The events that occur during childhood will have an everlasting effect on a person’s future.  There are four different types of abuse that will affect a child well into adulthood.

  1. If a child is emotionally abused, he or she is more likely to become depressed in adulthood.  They are also more likely to consume alcohol during the week which will affect their work schedule and relationships.
  2. If a child experiences emotional neglect, he or she may not necessarily become depressed during adulthood, but will become very negative and will not have a positive outlook on life.
  3. When a child is physically abused he or she is more likely to be impulsive and self-destructive as an adult.  This will lead to harmful weekend drinking and difficulty achieving abstinence.
  4. Children who experience physical neglect tend to be antisocial in adulthood and develop addictions to drugs and alcohol.  As adults they tend to drink during the week and over the weekends and develop alcohol-related problems.

If you or anyone you know has experienced any type of abuse or neglect during their childhood, it may be beneficial to contact a mental health professional and receive therapy.  If you are in Bergen County, New Jersey call 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with a highly qualified licensed therapist, counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist who can help.

For more information on therapy, visit www.acenterfortherapy.com


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