The National Institute of Mental Health in the United States defines childhood trauma as, “The experience of an event by a child that was emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects.”
Childhood trauma can also be described as serious adverse childhood experiences that overwhelm a child’s ability to cope. These adverse experiences; especially if it was interpersonal, intentional, or chronic; can manifest into complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and a lasting impact on physical and mental well-being later in life.
Adverse childhood experiences are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance use problems in adulthood.CDC.org
Response to Trauma
It is important to note that the response to the traumatic event is individualized. What is traumatic to one person may not necessarily have the same impact on another. What is important is situation was experienced by the individual and how they perceived it.
Healing Childhood Trauma
Trauma therapy can help reduce the effects of painful memories so that you can make positive changes in your life. With Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR Therapy) and Hypnotherapy, you can find hope and healing from your past so that you can live in the present.
Signs of Unhealed Trauma
Do I have unhealed trauma? Read more about the signs of unhealed trauma.