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Child’s Trauma



A large percentage of children are exposed to a traumatic event at least once in their childhood. Such events could include the death of a family member or friend, abuse, illness, displacement from a home, violence, or natural disaster. Other less-obvious traumatic events could include moments of intense emotional, social, or physical stress that look minor to onlookers but have deep-seated and lasting impacts on how the child perceives the world, their place in it, and how they relate to others. Many times, children don’t have the vocabulary to describe their experiences or feelings about them. Sometimes children find their own healthy ways to work through their trauma, but others will find it harder to cope. Things to watch for in a child include withdrawal; change in eating, sleeping, social and other habits; phobias; and obsessive behaviors or worries. Professional help is often the most effective way of aiding a child who has experienced trauma, but there is a plethora of strategies for helping their progress.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

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Childhood Trauma and the Brain

A general introduction to what happens in the brain after children face traumatic experiences in childhood, like abuse and neglect. This video is a part of the Childhood Trauma and the Brain resource

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A Man Named Dave: A Story of Triumph and Forgiveness

“All those years you tried your best to break me, and I’m still here. One day you’ll see, I’m going to make something of myself.” These words were Dave Pelzer’s declaration of independence to his mother, and they represented the ultimate act of self-reliance.

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The Long Shadow

If the threats we encounter are extreme, persistent, or frequent, we become too sensitized, overreacting to minor challenges and sometimes experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

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FindCenterNot all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. It is present in the gambler, the Internet addict, the compulsive shopper and the workaholic.

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Dr Gabor Maté: What the Real Cause of Your Anxiety Is

Dr Gabor Maté explains how he believes that most mental health disorders—including Anxiety and Panic Attacks—originate in childhood experience as coping mechanisms. He also explains how revisiting the real cause of the problem can help you overcome it.

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I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

A reissue of the now-classic anthology (with more than 60,000 copies sold) of deeply moving testimonies by survivors of child sexual abuse with a new afterword by Ellen Bass, co-author of The Courage to Heal.

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Childhood, Disrupted

Adversity in childhood can create long-lasting scars, damaging our cells and our DNA, and making us sick as adults

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FindCenterNow that I’m an adult, I realize that kids know at a very young age when they’re being devalued, when adults aren’t invested enough to help them learn. Their anger over it can manifest itself as unruliness. It’s hardly their fault. They aren’t ‘bad kids.

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Breaking the Silence about Childhood Trauma — Dani Bostick

Most discussions of PTSD focus on veterans to the extent that many people who suffer from PTSD are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, especially among our children.

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What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand.

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WHAT MIGHT HELP

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The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.

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