Generally, people think that children won’t understand what is going on or they won’t remember it after getting older. But trauma is more harmful to a growing brain and mind than any other. Sometimes you might see your child isn’t behaving as a child should at their age. But most of the time sitting at a place or screaming continuously or throwing tantrums is what they are doing. Recognizing the childhood trauma symptoms in children will make sure that they will get help as soon as possible.
As they are children you might think that they can’t interpret the situation, but you are forgetting they can feel. They will become more sensitive. Here I will be discussing the common symptoms of trauma in the children. So, you can seek help sooner than later.
The Signs of Trauma in Children
Children will grow the common symptoms of trauma like adults with their unique ones, as they are growing into an adult.
Isolation as Childhood Trauma Symptoms in Children
The child will feel lonely and isolated. They won’t be able to mingle with others. They won’t be able to share their feeling and thoughts like other children. They will feel depression as PTSD.
Children are usually very sensitive. Anything and everything affects them. Trauma will affect their confidence and they won’t be able to live their life with a free and curious mind of a child. Their self-esteemed will go down.
Fear as Childhood Trauma Symptoms in Children
As they will become more sensitive, they will feel fear often. Because of that they will become anxious and be more dependent on their caregiver or worse will grow trust issues.
Sometimes they opt to self-harm as PTSD. They will scream or hurt themselves repeatedly to release the stress they are feeling at that moment.
Though it isn’t necessary that they will show the symptoms of childhood trauma immediately. You should watch them sometimes to catch the signs. There can be symptoms like anger issues, school refusal, attention-seeking, sleeping problems, changing appetite, growing new fear, irritation, sadness, refuging to do normal activities, etc. It can affect them in the long run by developing depression, diabetes, asthma, heart diseases, etc.
You can try to help them by spending more time and being open-minded and understanding. You can also look for professionals. At Spero Counseling we will help your child to regain their life by our EMDR therapy and RO-DBT. We also provide services for trauma, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, etc.