Childhood trauma can be caused by any situation perceived by the child as frightening and/or overwhelming, and during which the child feels scared and helpless. This situation is often just a one-time event, such as an injury or a natural disaster.
But it could also be a long-term ongoing stress, such as physical, sexual, or verbal abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence, or chronic illness. All such events have a potential to bring on symptoms of emotional and psychological trauma.
Some of the most frequent and well-known psychological and emotional symptoms of trauma include:
- Confusion, shock, and denial
- Guilt and shame
It appears to be less known that a traumatic experience can also manifest itself in a form of physiological symptoms such as:
- Sleep problems
- Fatigue and lack of energy
- Aches and Pains
- Muscle Tension
- Racing Heartbeat
- Lack of focus and concentration