The National Child Traumatic Stress Network estimates that up to 60%
of American adults have gone through at least one traumatic event as a child. Feeling alone and isolated, guilty or humiliated, having trouble trusting others, controlling their emotions, and having physical health issues are all common responses to childhood trauma.
While some people may overcome traumatic experiences as children with little long-term impact, others may experience years or even decades of suffering. Knowing the signs is essential to getting the treatment you require.
Childhood trauma is an event experienced by a child (0-18 years of age) that evokes fear and is commonly violent, dangerous, or life-threatening. Adverse Childhood Experiences
(ACEs) are a type of trauma that can occur in a child.
This type of event may also happen to someone your child knows, and your child is impacted by seeing or hearing about the other person being hurt or injured. When these types of experiences happen, your child may become overwhelmed, upset, and/or feel helpless. These types of experiences can happen to anyone at any time and at any age; however, not all events have a traumatic impact.Trauma
is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. It can be caused by various incidents, including but not limited to: natural disasters, abuse (physical, emotional, sexual), neglect, witnessing violence, and losing a loved one. All trauma is not equal, though; something traumatic for one person could be seen as typical or easily resolved for someone else.
Traumatic experiences can have a lasting impact on a child's development. Children who are victims of trauma may have difficulty trusting others and regulating their emotions and may be more prone to developing mental health conditions such as anxiety and mood disorders. It is important to seek professional help if you or your child are struggling to cope with the aftermath of a traumatic event.
Many factors, including exposure to community violence, can contribute to childhood trauma. Traumatic events can happen at any stage of childhood, and the effects can last into adulthood. The following are some of the common causes of trauma:
There is often a link between trauma and the physical presence of a trauma-inducing event, but this is not always true. Witnessing something from a distance can also result in trauma.