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Love Starved: How Childhood Emotional Neglect Breaks You As An Adult

Childhood Emotional Neglect Breaks Adult

There are few more things that you can do to heal yourself. Here are some coping strategies for overcoming childhood emotional neglect –

  • Learn to communicate your emotions openly and honestly, especially in romantic relationships.
  • Acknowledge and accept your emotions as they are, instead of suppressing them.
  • Focus on your emotional needs, acknowledge them as valid and take steps to meet them.
  • Be compassionate, kind and loving towards yourself. Practice self-care, avoid self-criticism and forgive yourself.
  • Allow people to get close to you and try to build a more intimate connection with your romantic partner.
  • Be more resilient and develop the mental strength to get past setbacks. 
  • Practice self-discipline to break toxic thought and behavior patterns.
  • Follow a healthy lifestyle, such as avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol or recreational drugs.
  • Ask for help from trusted loved ones and be open to accepting help when they reach out.

But most of all, remember that it will take time. Healing is a journey, a process, that will be riddled with challenges. Some days will be easier than others, some days will feel a lot worse. So be patient. Like a wound on your body, your emotional wounds will also need time to heal, but be rest assured they will heal, if you want them to.

Love Starved: How Childhood Emotional Neglect Breaks You As An Adult
Love Starved: How Childhood Emotional Neglect Breaks You As An Adult

Accept yourself

Accept your broken self. Accept your flawed self. Accept your worst self. Accept your emotions, accept your pain, and accept your will to rise from the ashes. Accept your determination to rise above your trauma.

Childhood emotional neglect, abuse & adverse experiences don’t need to define who you are. Recovering from childhood emotional neglect is possible.

Please yourself. Not others. And express yourself without any fear. If they love you, they will never leave you. If they leave you, they never loved you.

Ask for help when you need it. And be your own parent. 

Step out of the shadows of trauma, and step into the light of healing.

You’re worthy. Now say it to yourself.

Related: How Inner Child Healing Can Help You Have Healthy Adult Relationships


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Is childhood emotional neglect trauma?

Studies have found that childhood abuse and neglect can lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adult women. Emotional neglect can be traumatizing for most survivors which can lead to feelings of guilt, shame and self-blame in the victim.

What is the best therapy for childhood trauma?

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), is typically considered as the most effective treatment for treating PTSD in adults, caused by childhood neglect, abuse and traumas. Family therapy can also help both parents and the abused child.

How do you treat childhood trauma in adults?

Treatment for childhood trauma in adults involving psychotherapies like cognitive therapy, exposure therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and medications like antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills, can help the sufferer regain control over their life. 

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Love Starved: How Childhood Emotional Neglect Breaks You As An Adult
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