Treating Childhood Trauma

identifying what is childhood trauma

Have you ever gone through an experience in your childhood which continues to linger even now? Childhood trauma can have very lasting effects.

It is naïve to say that what had happened in the past is not going to affect them at all.

A child having gone through some horrible experience will be suffering from its long-lasting effects for a very long time.

Childhood trauma is real. And while it is different how one will impact one person as compared to another, the fact is no matter how resilient a child is, they are not made of stone.

This means any horrifying experience that they had to go through as child will continue to linger.

In some cases, it may even come back in far more horrific ways.

So how do we recognize this condition and what ways can we ensure that does not impact a child too significantly?

All of this I will be sharing and talking of in this article.

So let’s begin:

What is a Childhood Trauma?

impact of traumatizing incidents

In its most basic sense, this means when your child is going through a range of experiences it can combat.

It can be anything from a physical condition which is causing your child to have some kind of physical integrity or it can relate to suffering from some physical or mental abuse.

Either way, it is very traumatizing and can be something which may ‘physically’ stop but it continues to linger on.

Even something like one-time events like being in a car accident, or having suffered from even the impact of natural disasters can linger into your minds for a very long time.

If you are suffering from ongoing stress, this too is can cause you to suffer too much and can even impact how you lead your daily adult life.

Another thing to know is that childhood trauma isn’t something which happens directly to the child itself.

Children are very emotional beings that sense everything that is happening around them.

This is why if they see a loved one suffering, as well as being subjected to very violent action, this too will impact them very much. Especially if it is relating to when the parents are involved in a continuous bickering and are completely wound up on playing the blame game.

So how does this come into play when talking about a child’s well-being and how is it associating to PTSD?

Childhood Trauma and PTSD

While it is unfortunate that children will be suffering from some kind of traumatic event in their childhood.

And while some will be feeling a lot of distress and confusion due to it, the good thing is the majority of them will not be suffering from a very long duration due to it.

In fact they will be able to return to their normal way of life very soon afterwards.

This suggests that trauma is something which is not going to be impacting every child.

There are a few only who would be carrying it with them till their adulthood life.

Medical experts suggest that those children who also suffer from PTSD will most likely be carrying it with them as the whole scenario keeps on repeating in their minds over and over again.

Even going through a instance where they get reminded of that state is going to lead them to suffer from the condition even more.

So it is very important that you recognize first whether a child is actually going through PTSD before you can decide on how traumatizing an incident or experience may be for them.

Symptoms of PTSD in Children

What is PTSD in Children

Here are some of the most common symptoms children with PTSD will be having. They will most likely be suffering from:

  • Anger over the smallest of things
  • And this anger will not wear down, in fact it will turn into aggression over time
  • You will most likely be suffering from depression
  • It is common for a child to go through this and you need to be on the lookout for warning signs
  • There is constant fear in whatever your child says and does
  • Feelings of isolation can be common, despite being around loved ones
  • In most cases, a child may be having poor self-esteem
  • Your child when seeing things are not going their way, will most likely be involved in even self-destructive behavior

While those are the concrete issues exhibited by those who have PTSD, as it turns out children who don’t suffer from this condition will also be showing some emotional and behavioral issues.

These again relate to certain traumatic experiences and may be pointing towards some troubling developments you need to keep an eye on.

Warning Signs

So these will be most likely suggesting the following as common problems:

  • Having uncontrollable anger issues
  • Facing attention problems which come and go
  • Developing new fears
  • You will most likely be having an increase in thoughts relating to death or even your own safety
  • Irritability can be on the rise
  • It is common for a person to start losing interest in even the simplest and normal of activities around the house
  • There can be a sudden onset of sadness which is not in your control
  • A child may suddenly start to feel an onset of headaches
  • Stomachaches without any apparent reason can happen

These are all major warning signs to look out for.

They point towards things not going smoothly and you need to make sure your child is getting the attention they need.

If these are not looked into, they will definitely turn into bigger problems which will become harder to manage and control.

Long-Term Concerns

Did you know a child can easily go through certain traumatic events which is going to be impacting their brain development.

These can have super lifelong consequences on the child.

It is important that you understand what these can be.

The more dire and stressful conditions a child is under, the more likely they will be having to go through major troubles and concerns.

You need to keep an eye out for the kind of risks and wellness concerns should be looked at.

Remember, a childhood trauma can become extremely troublesome.

It can risk a person’s life and cause them even more issues. These include but are not limited to problems like:

  • Asthma- it can be setting on at a very young age and can lead to further complications
  • Having to suffer from coronary heart disease is yet another issue
  • Depression is most likely to happen in younger children. The problem is you cannot identify why it happened but it is definitely troublesome
  • Diabetes is also a medical condition which can happen to younger children without a warning
  • Be aware of the effects of suffering from a stroke

Relationships

This is something I cannot stress enough on.

It is an integral element which suggests how your child’s emotional and physical health is going to be impacted.

A child’s relationship with their caregiver matters.

Be it the parents, the grandparents or anyone who is playing a direct role in the child’s grooming, it is essential to make time and realize how it should be done in the right way.

If their relation with their caregiver is dented early on, it makes them question and wonder if they can really trust anyone in the outside world.

They will question everything. Also they will lose their confidence.

It also makes it hard for them to form strong bonds and relationships.

So these kind of abusive relationships are likely going to be making it even harder for a child to be sure what is real and what isn’t.

How You Can Help

Now it all comes down to how your family can support you.

This is the main ingredient which is going to help in reducing the impact of the trauma on the child.

Some ways in which you can look out at the warning signs and how you can support a child, during the onset of an upsetting event.

The first thing to know is that you need to be vocal and share with your child in an open space.

This includes:

  • Encouraging your child to speak out. Share their feelings and know that whatever they are feeling is fine.
  • It is very important to assure the child that you are going to do everything to keep them safe and secure.
  • Also make it a habit to always stick to your normal and daily routine.
  • The changes can make a child uncomfortable.

Conclusion

Child trauma is something to cater to and understand.

In this article we talked about how child trauma impacts a person and how this trauma also continues in adulthood.

We also talked about what are the symptoms of a child likely to suffer from this condition.

And how you can make sure you are following the treatment mechanism needed to ensure that the child is not impacted and recovers.

It is important to notice and work out the signs which suggest that there may be something wrong.

And how your attention and focus will be making a difference.

Read similar topics on child abuse, and more.

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