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Signs of Trauma in Children

Given my own history with childhood trauma and the effects it’s had on my life, I realize that there are so many suffering in this world, and they don’t know where to turn to for support. One goal of this site is to provide resources and information so people know they’re not alone and to help those who need it find resources to support their recovery.

Children have a special place in my heart and there are many who are showing signs of trauma, yet not getting the support that’s essential for them to move through it so it doesn’t impact them later in life. This video is a relaxed conversation about trauma in general and offers some resources that speak to what trauma might look like for a child, as well as what the signs of potential trauma are in children. It encourages adults and parents to expand their definition of trauma and to set aside any feelings they might harbor that would prevent them from seeing the signs of trauma in the children around them.

Resources mentioned in this video:

Chronic Illness Trauma Studies

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

NCBI: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The Management of PTSD in Adults and Children in Primary and Secondary Care

Child Mind Institute

2 comments on “Signs of Trauma in Children

  1. Hi Ronda,

    I just found you because I saw that someone had visited my site as a result of your link here to Chronic Illness Trauma Studies. I watched the first half of your lovely, connecting, informative video and so appreciate what you are doing. The more we (society, parents, schools, health care etc) can understand about trauma, the bigger a difference we can make in support, prevention and treatment, including schools shootings and bullying and so much more. Thanks so much for sharing and it’s lovely to meet you (and read a few of your tender, heart warming poems).

    warmly,
    Veronique

    • Veronique,
      I so appreciate what you’re doing, as well, and it’s very nice to meet you, too! Thank you for taking the time to share. I found your site because I was researching on terms that connect CFS, Fibro, and some of my other diagnoses with childhood trauma. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with C-PTSD early last year that I came to appreciate how my other conditions (like CFS) that I was diagnosed with in my 20s were potentially linked to the ongoing trauma I experienced throughout childhood. It wasn’t too far of a stretch for me to appreciate once I began to understand how trauma impacts the brain and the body. It was my diagnosis of C-PTSD, and my continued recovery/treatment as a result, that I’m clear has saved my life (today compared to just a year ago is truly a night and day difference) while also shedding light on the origin of the other health challenges I’ve experienced throughout my life – my life as a whole makes a lot more sense to me, now. With that said, it would’ve been nice if someone could’ve helped me make the connection earlier in my life (I’m clear that the symptoms of my C-PTSD have been present off and on since my teenage years and CFS has pulled me out of my “life” several times from my mid-twenties onward). I share that because my hope is that by us sharing our stories and content, others might be able to receive treatment and intervention earlier in life or at the early onset of symptoms for said conditions.

      I had been told that research existed that connected trauma to conditions like CFS, though wasn’t sure where to find it, so I’m very excited to explore your site and research in more depth to further my own appreciation of the connection with “chronic” health conditions and the impact trauma has on our systems as a whole.

      I echo you and wholeheartedly agree that “The more we (society, parents, schools, health care etc) can understand about trauma, the bigger a difference we can make in support, prevention and treatment, including schools shootings and bullying and so much more.”

      Again, thank you for taking the time, and I’m very excited to connect with you. I hope to further continue our conversation at some point in the near future. 🙂

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