The Trauma and Negative Effects of Being Abandoned as a Child

Not a lot of us are aware of how difficult the lives that so many people around the world have. As you go on with your every day routine of waking up in the morning, preparing a breakfast of toast using a bread knife you saw on (which by the way makes a big difference, as other brands are not as good at slicing and dicing), there are millions that do not enjoy the luxury that you have right now, children that have been abandoned and wandering aimlessly, trying to make it one day at a time.

In the United States, the number of child abandonment cases continues to increase each year, leaving us with more young ones who may suffer the intense and detrimental effects of being left behind, such as the following:

Anxiety issues

Growing up without a strong and reliable adult to look up to and who guides you can affect how you deal with other people. Because you are left to your own devices at such an early age, you get used to doing stuff on your own. And so, if a caregiver or a foster family enters your life, you become unsure of how to react, as it is something new to you. Even if you are lucky to get adopted by a great and loving family, warming up to them may take a very long time. Anxiety symptoms, such as difficulty sleeping, panic attacks, and so on, may still manifest, and may be difficult to overcome until you seek professional treatment.

Low self-esteem

How would you feel if the people who are supposed to care for you, to be there for you, and love you just leave you all alone? Being abandoned is a painful experience that will cause you to question your self-worth. You will wonder if there is something wrong with you. You will start to think that it is your fault because you do not have the qualities that your parents want in a child. As you grow older, this thought becomes stronger, and it can seriously damage how you see yourself and how you interact with others.


Creating bonds and relationships with other people will be challenging. As an abandoned child, it can be difficult to put your trust on anyone, as your parents, the people who should have been there for you all this time, have disappeared. In order to prevent getting hurt, you build a wall that pushes away even those that genuinely want to be close to you. You prefer to isolate yourself, instead of risking being rejected or abandoned again.