Some Adult Behaviors of People Who Experienced Trauma As A Child
It’s a general believe that kids practically do not remember what happened to them while they were young, this view is so erroneous, as childhood trauma can have a permanent effect on humans, hence, it is very important for adults to help kids overcome their horrific and traumatic experience.
Trauma can result from different experiences, it may be due to physical of sexual assault, an horrible accident, parental divorce, neglect, illness, dangerous neighbourhood, bullying, etc. Most traumatic experience happen unexpectedly, repeatedly, and the child is usually unprepared for it.
It is estimated that between 3 – 15% of girls and 1 – 6% of boys suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a traumatic experience. They experience the trauma in their minds over and over again, and it may continue to occur until they get to adulthood. Here are some behaviours that they may likely exhibit through adulthood:
1. High tension
When people go through trauma as a result of physical abuse, assault, or stress, it makes the brain to automatically activate fight-or-flight mode, stress hormones like cortisol and norepinephrine hormones prepares the body for self-defense, and this brain neural network would see this condition as permanent and maintain extravigilance.
2. Social withdrawal
People who suffer childhood trauma as a result of parental neglect such as not being cared for properly or loved adequately, parental abuse such as verbal insults, denigrating, and curses, do suffer from social withdrawal when they grow older. They have this false feeling of being watched and judged by others, and stay away from people for the fear of being judged.
3. Persistent Panic
Traumatic persons panic persistently, this is because they have an anxious brain, a non-anxious aren’t judgemental of events and can easily unlearn things as they grow, same can’t be said of an anxious person, as they are always in a state of worry for no reason.
4. Fear avoidance
It is human nature to have fear of certain things, the same way it is humane to try as hard as possible to avoid what we fear, however, as adults, even though we’re scared of something or a particular experience, that doesn’t stop us from doing what is expected of us, especially when we need it or is beneficial to us at that particular moment. An example is taking of injections in the hospital, you may fear injections but when we’re sick, we willingly take them, but the reverse is the case of someone who is traumatized would allow the history of their injections trauma dictate their actions, an avoidance impulse would make them resist it all at cost.
It’s never too late to treat or fight trauma, some of the ways it can be effectively treated are as follows:
1. Exercise regularly 2. Stay away from isolation 3. Regulate your nervous system by meditating or engaging in mindful breathing 4. Stay healthy and monitor your health
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