The word trauma describes continuous negative events that are emotionally painful that long-term interfere, with a child’s ability to cope – ‘Google.’
Children who are continually exposed to abuse will be affected by trauma. The types of trauma that have the greatest psychological effects are those related to intentional trauma, including childhood neglect and abuse.
Experiencing childhood trauma can make children sick adults. Children who are continually exposed to trauma and abuse may develop a sudden stress response, which if left untreated, can impact their ability to function around their emotions. It can also lead to sleep difficulties, lower immune function and increased physical illness in adulthood.
Where childhood is centred around trauma and includes abuse, very little discussion will take place around trauma. But the issues around childhood trauma cannot be ignored. When it comes to trauma, it’s not always easy to pin-point or understand why you have trauma, unless you understand its response.
But trauma is sometimes buried because it’s too painful for us to deal with. When it comes to trauma around family, we rationale and continue with our life. Short term that works, but its long-term effects will eventually impact how we respond.
Trauma interferes with our emotions and will bring up a variety of coping behaviours that can if we let it, will interfere with our relationships. Dealing with trauma can unlock gratitude and optimism and give us a renewed appreciation of life.
It is possible to heal trauma for good and become stronger for it. It depends on our attitude and how we choose to deal with the trauma. It’s not something you continually should or have to live with.