Childhood adversity and trauma as an adult refers to a wide range of circumstances or events that pose a serious threat to a child or an adult’s physical or psychological well-being. This can include things like: abuse (emotional, physical, sexual), neglect (emotional, physical), family dysfunction (parental separation/divorce, family member with mental illness and/or substance abuse, domestic violence, family member imprisoned), bullying, serious accidents or injuries, discrimination, extreme poverty, natural disasters (i.e., hurricanes), and community violence. This can also include other types of trauma and adversity not listed here.