A lot of people have been through their own versions of traumatic events. What we deem as traumatic varies from person to person. Sometimes trauma you face as a child follows you into your adulthood. A MAJOR step in your journey towards wellness is identifying how your behavior may be indicative of a trauma response. Here are four signs that you may be dealing with childhood trauma!

1. You have constant nightmares and dreams of the same event and this disturbs your sleep.

Dreams are often a manifestation of thoughts in our conscious mind and our subconscious mind. Dreams also often are an accumulation of our emotions and intrusive thoughts. When you constantly have nightmares or insomnia that takes away from your sleep regimen, your mind and body could be exhibiting a trauma response. Therapist believe that when these sleep disturbances become a regular part of your sleep routines, you may become more fatigued during the day which can lead to other physical and emotional symptoms.

2. Your emotions manifest as physical symptoms

You can’t eat much because your stomach hurts. Your head aches very often and you often feel like vomiting. This may seem like symptoms of a regular stomach bug, but often times it can be our body reacting to its emotions. Mental imbalances not only affect your brain, they affect your entire body. Sometimes some people feel panic attacks. Panic attacks are described as a pounding heart beat, sweating, trembling, and difficulty breathing. The physical symptoms of trauma can be very alarming just like physical injuries and illnesses.

3. You have heightened sensitivity and tend to hyper focus.

Many people Who have been through trauma have a heightened sensitivity to everything around them. People who have been through trauma often feel intense feelings of fear and paranoia. You find it very hard to relax and a lot of places do not feel safe. Focusing is also very difficult because you are always on edge. But when you DO focus; you become very obsessive and exhibit obsessive tendencies .

4. You have extreme emotional instability and constant mood swings.

having extremely negative emotions is a sure sign of trauma. This includes emotional mood swings that individuals cannot control. These extreme emotional mood swings lead to depressed moods, feelings of guilt and shame, and general hopelessness.

How do you fix this? acknowledgment of childhood trauma is the first step in the right direction! Now that you know that you may have trauma. Contact your insurance company to get connected to a licensed counselor to start your journey towards healing. You can also contact your doctor to help point you in the right direction for mental health support


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