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How Your Childhood Affects Your Mental Health

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What was your childhood like? Have you ever wondered how your childhood affects your mental health? Not everyone gets to spend childhood in a stable and supportive household. Some children experience abuse at a young age, while others are victim to poverty, bullying, illness, or discrimination. The things we experience as a child often stick with us well into adulthood. Habits are learned, relationships often repeat themselves, and every big change we encounter leaves a lasting impact. In this video, we will be diving deep into more examples of how your childhood affects your mental health.

In a previous video, we briefly talked about attachment styles and how each type responds to parenting, relationships, friendships, and outlook on life. If you're interested to know more, it can be found here: https://youtu.be/fyV0NksMbiE

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