Growing into PTSD: How childhood abuse leads to a serious mental disorder

Growing into PTSD: How childhood abuse 
leads to a serious mental disorder

This project is a requirement of the GOA Abnormal Psychology Course. Using the process of design thinking, a challenge in the world of mental health was identified, interviews and research were undertaken, and a solution prototype was developed. Below you will find information about the identified area of concern and my proposed solution. Please feel free to provide feedback on this prototype, using questions such as “How might we…”, “What if….?”, “I wonder….”, “I like…”, and “I wish.” Keep the comments positive, please. For more information on the process of Design Thinking, click here.


During the semester that I spent in the Abnormal Psychology class on GOA, I expanded my knowledge on the ideas surrounding mental disorders and day to day obstacles people dealing with such must overcome.

We studied a number of disorders ranging from depression, anxiety and PTSD to schizophrenia and eating disorders. I chose my topic because when I hear about child abuse it evokes a great deal of emotion to me and I feel as if I was called to raise awareness about this monstrous issue.


Growing up, most people are inclined to call home a safe place. “I wanna go homeeee”, its a line we hear in movies when people are face to face with frightening experiences. For some children, home is hell.

Home is a place where they are unable to seek sanctity and peace. There is an epidemic of child abuse in todays world and it is not a boo boo that just hurts for a couple weeks.

It is a long lasting stab which only continues to scar bigger the longer that the issue is unaddressed. If a child is exposed to a traumatic experience, especially a sexually or an abusive one, they are likely to develop a form of PTSD in their future which can funnel into depression, anxiety and even substance abuse.

Innocent adolescents all around the world are being stripped of their youth and defiled by abuse. The situation is far too common to be overlooked and until it has stopped, we should fight to stop this robbery of innocence.




What would you do if you found out about a child experiencing such tragic environments? How are you to report it? It is time to take a stance, if you see any suspicion, it does not hurt to report it.

Whether it be to  a trusted adult or a government official, it is important to pay attention so they don’t have to suffer!

We must speak up for the ones who have little voices.

I am going to raise awareness in my school and my dance studio. I will hang posters on steps to take and phone numbers to call if people are to hear of such things or suspect something. Also, I will let them know that if it is going on in their own house or in an environment they are in, do not be afraid to call authorities. It is not healthy and if it is held in, it will ultimately hurt them greatly in the long run.



Child Abuse Identification & Reporting | The Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention | 334.671.1966,

Childhood Trauma and PTSD “Http://” Childhood Trauma and PTSD, 2017, doi:10.18411/a-2017-023.

nspcc. “NSPCC: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse.” YouTube, YouTube, 20 Feb. 2017,


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  1. April 27, 2018 by Jane MacRae

    I really enjoyed learning more about this topic. The news discusses a lot about sexual abuse, and how it can affect adults in their later life, but they never discuss how it can be prevented. The video you included was very interesting, and so were the points you made i the “What’s Next?” section. I loved your presentation!

    • April 29, 2018 by Grace.Arribas

      Thank you Jane! yes, I believe it is important to start taking steps to provide prevention!

  2. April 27, 2018 by Morinsola.Tinubu

    Hey, Grace good job with your presentation. I think that your topic is really interesting because when we think of PTSD we mostly think about people in the military. I believe that this is a topic that needs to be discussed more so kids are protected. My recommendation to you is that you add more statistical evidence to give the reader a deeper understanding of the gravity of the issue. I would also recommend that you add more photos and personal narratives to create a deeper sense of remorse for your topic. Other than that, great job! I really enjoyed reading about this topic.

  3. April 27, 2018 by Luisa

    I learned a lot from your project, and I think it’s great that you’re raising awareness about sexual abuse. Have you heard of the organization Peace Over Violence? They work with people to cope with sexual abuse, and their website could be an interesting source to check out.

  4. April 27, 2018 by Portia.McKoy

    Hi Grace. I really enjoyed your project because it is a very serious issue in society today that, as you said, is overlooked all the time. Something that I found to make a lot of sense when you mentioned it in your project was that childhood PTSD can lead to many other mental health issues in the future. The information in your project is very informative and I learned things about childhood PTSD that I never knew.

    • April 29, 2018 by Grace.Arribas

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate it Portia, I think that it is a problem that gets overlooked many times too often.

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