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Can What Didn’t Happen To You As a Child Cause You to Freak Out as An Adult?
The short answer is “yes.” Childhood neglect like childhood abuse has been linked to long-term health consequences and can be behind why you “freak out” in certain situations and with certain people.
The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) studies have also linked childhood abuse and neglect to degenerative diseases in later adulthood. The more incidences of adverse childhood abuse or neglect you experienced, the more likely you will have heart disease, diabetes, strokes, cancer or other degenerative diseases.
You can find the questionnaire they used for their research at this link and take their quiz to see how many adverse childhood experiences you had.
One weakness in this research is that they focused more on childhood abuse than childhood neglect. That is why we created the Adverse Childhood Neglect Inventory shown below.
Take the Inventory and score it to see how much hidden childhood neglect you may have that causes you to freak out. You have to answer each question so if you don’t remember what happened to you, take a guess.
Your inner knowing will help you decide whether or not neglect is part of the reason why you freak out.
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How to Interpret Your Results
If you answered “yes” to 21 or more of these questions, you need to take the Freaked Out 101 Online course. Click this link to learn more about the course.The course explains the long-term effects of childhood neglect. It provides you with Self-Quizzes that enable you to see how childhood neglect can still be causing you to freak out or have relationship conflicts. Several people who took this course have given us feedback that, “This course changed my life.”
If you had five or more “yeses,” you likely had developmental traumas in your childhood caused by neglect. The higher number of “yeses,” the more severe the developmental traumas were in your childhood and the likelihood they could cause mental and physical health problems in your adult years.
If you answered “yes” to 21 or more of the questions, we would define that as “severe neglect” and would definitely suggest the Freakd Out 101 course for you. This new course, part 1 of a three part series, is an online learning format and explains the long-term effects of childhood neglect. It also has a series of Self-Quizzes that enable you to see how childhood neglect can still be causing you to freak out or have relationship conflicts.
Several of the people who have taken the Freaked Out 101 course have reported that it changed their lives.
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Were you placed in childcare or with someone other than a primary caregiver before you were one month old?
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Did you spend less than 20 hours a week being cared for by your mother during your first year of life?
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As an infant, were you allowed to cry yourself asleep at night without your parent(s) attempting to comfort you?
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Did you feel afraid of your mother or other adult caregivers?
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Was your mother or another primary caregiver chronically depressed?
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Did your mother or other primary adult caregiver suffer from substance abuse?
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Did your mother or any other primary caregiver fail to tell you that they loved you?
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Did your mother or other primary adult caregiver avoid hugging you, picking you up or making eye contact with you?
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Were you separated from your mother for more than a week for any reason in your first year of life?
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Did your primary caregivers leave you with strangers or other non-bonded caregivers for more than one week before your first birthday?
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Did your parents compare you unfavorably to your siblings?
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Were you told directly or indirectly that your parents were too overwhelmed to care for you?
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Did your parents fail to make your home environment safe leading to accidents?
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Were you told or treated by either of your parents to “be seen and not heard?”
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Did you move frequently when you were very young?
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Was your mother cold toward you when you were a child?
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As a child, did you feel your parents didn’t understand your needs?
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Did you feel unwanted by your parents?
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Were you unplanned by your parents?
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Did you have frequent illnesses when you were under a year of age (colic, ear infections, etc.)?
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Even if you weren’t adopted, did you feel you were “adopted” when you were growing up in your family?
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Was your mother under 19 years of age when you were born?
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Were you a “play-pen” baby?
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Did you believe that there was something fundamentally wrong with you because of the way you thought or behaved?
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Were you “parentized” or put in an inappropriate parenting role when you were very young?
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Did your parents fail to provide proper medical care for you?
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Did your parents fail to teach you or require you to develop proper personal hygiene habits?
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Were you left unsupervised for long periods of time?
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Were you left in the care of someone who was significantly impaired or of questionable character?
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Were you placed in dangerous situations or with dangerous people?
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Were you verbally abused and your parent(s) did nothing to protect you?
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Were you sexually abused and your parent(s) did nothing to protect you?
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Were you physically abused and your parent(s) did nothing to protect you?
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Were you emotionally abused and your parent(s) did nothing to protect you?
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Did your parents fail to make sure you got to school on time?
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Did your parents fail to make sure you completed your homework?
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Did your parents fail to provide proper nutrition for you?
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Did your parents fail to provide proper or clean clothing for you?
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Did you have siblings who were less then one year older than you?
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Were you a “latch key” child who had no one there when you came home from school?