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.

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.

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.

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.

Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal

Your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, but it also affects our physical health, longevity, and overall well-being.

A Practical Guide to Complex PTSD: Compassionate Strategies to Begin Healing from Childhood Trauma

Repetitive trauma during childhood can impact your emotional development, creating a ripple effect that carries into adulthood. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) is a physical and psychological response to these repeated traumatic events.

The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook—What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing

In this instant classic of developmental psychology, a renowned psychiatrist examines the effect that trauma can have on a child, reveals how PTSD impacts the developing mind, and outlines the path to recovery.

Carefrontation: Breaking Free From Childhood Trauma

With more than thirty years of experience, Dr. Arlene Drake writes a guide for those desperately in need of a way to break free from the pain of childhood abuse and reclaim their lives.

The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child and to those who care about her. Although the effects of child sexual abuse are long-term and severe, healing is possible.

Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes: Awakening the Ordinary Miracle of Healing

An essential guide for recognizing, preventing, and healing childhood trauma from infancy through adolescence—what parents, educators, and health professionals can do.

For Your Own Good: Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence

For Your Own Good, the contemporary classic exploring the serious if not gravely dangerous consequences parental cruelty can bring to bear on children everywhere, is one of the central works by Alice Miller, the celebrated Swiss psychoanalyst.


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


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