Childhood Sexual Abuse and Overworking

A recent article in The Atlantic examined the connection between trauma and overworking. While every survivor of childhood sexual abuse is impacted differently, the effects are often long-lasting. Over the years, research has determined that survivors of childhood sexual abuse are at an increased risk for emotional, behavioral, and physical problems as adults. More recently, researchers have shown a potential connection between childhood abuse and overworking in adulthood. Some survivors have expressed using work as a coping mechanism. Being engrossed in work leaves little time to think about the abuse. Although the research is limited, many survivors identify with getting lost in their work to avoid coping with uncomfortable feelings.

Overworking can leave very limited time to practice self-care. Remembering to take a moment to take care of yourself can actually prevent burnout, reduce the negative effects of stress, and result in ultimately better work performance. Although it may seem like a lot of work to set aside time to be good to yourself, it is especially important for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.