Here’s a post about the Signs of Trauma in Children.
Of course, I don’t expect any children to be reading this but I do think many parents, guardians, and siblings to be.
And if you actually realize that you showed these signs as a kid, that’s an additional plus too.
The thing about children is that they aren’t too natural at voicing out how they truly feel. They often don’t have the vocabulary or ability to talk about their emotions, and many times they don’t actually know what they’re feeling and why.
This is why when it comes to trauma and even PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), hell, or any other serious mental health condition, we have to look at other things instead, including their behavior.
So when your children start to have more vivid nightmares, worse separation anxiety than usual, or lose interest in the things they used to enjoy…please take that seriously.
So many of us have been used to adults invalidating our concerns ever since we were young, so it is that much of a surprise that a lot of that turns out to be trauma in the end.
Now that we know, please don’t be that kind of adult for the children you are caring for!
Signs of Trauma in Children:
1. Fears of New Things:
as well as Suddenly acquiring new fears and phobias that they didn’t have before
2. Separation anxiety:
When a child becomes overwhelmed with anxiety if their parents are not around
and also More frequent sleep disturbances and vivid nightmares
4. Being very quiet:
Closing themselves off from people, suddenly being very quiet when they were lively and cheerful before
5. Losing interest:
further Losing interest in the activities they once used to enjoy
6. Anger issue:
Anger and irritability, lashing out at people, destroying objects
For a child with trauma, this is often the only way they can express themselves and relieve their pain.
7. Physical complaints:
Physical complaints e.g. stomachaches, headaches, and other pains that seem to have no other cause
8. Spacing out:
Spacing out even during engaging activities
This could be a sign of dissociation or derealization.
Having these signs alone does not immediately mean that a child has trauma or PTSD, but it indicates that something is off that warrants your attention.
Please don’t ignore these signs, especially if your child brings these up. Untreated childhood trauma and anxiety often lead to disorders further down the road, so it’s always better to clear them up now.
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