One of the most upsetting and tragic realities in our society is recognizing that there are predators who will physically or sexually abuse our children. It is difficult to comprehend that someone could even consider perpetrating some of the violent behaviors that are reported about victimized children. It is a “worst nightmare” scenario for parents concerned […]
It is scary to think that there are individuals who are active in their efforts to traumatize children. I have spoken with a number of families who learned that someone outside their home but in their community was abusing or traumatizing their children—an uncomfortable, unsettling statistic. If we are going to prevent childhood trauma, it is essential that we […]
Because of memories of fear, panic and terror, trauma victims may wonder if they will ever feel normal. In fact, some individuals struggle so much to believe that they will ever be normal again that they can become consumed with finding a way to heal and recover. It is at this time they need to have hope…hope […]
We are continuing discussion on the impact of trauma on children and adults. Symptoms of trauma are typically described as internal issues that occur within the victim, such as trouble building relationships—which can be attributed to children or adults. Sometimes relationship-building difficulties are obvious and thus, easily detectible, and sometimes they are more subtle and hidden. In either case, […]
In my last post, I discussed some of the research on forgiveness and how important it is to healing and recovery from trauma. But it is also important to remember that not everyone easily embraces forgiveness.
I wrote in my last post about processes and phases associated with recovery from trauma. One vital aspect to healing from certain traumatic events is forgiveness. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of this powerful emotional process.
While symptoms and behaviors of trauma have been discussed in previous posts, we have not discussed how people recover from trauma. Sadly, consequences of being traumatized at a younger age are often not detected until teen or adult years when numerous symptoms and behaviors are realized. Once the determination of trauma has been made, however, the person has a need to […]
As I have written about trauma and its impact in children, some readers have asked what traumatic symptoms look like when a child becomes a teenager. So, with helpful information from the National Child Trauma Stress Network, let’s correlate some symptoms with specific age groups to establish a better picture of how trauma’s far-reaching fingers complicate a child’s life.