What Is Childhood Trauma?

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First, What is Trauma?

The technical definition of trauma is exposure to a distressing event that exceeds one’s ability to cope, or repeated exposure to adverse events that collectively exceeds one’s ability to cope. It is important to note that trauma can happen just from knowing about a distressing event, even if that event is not happening directly to you.

What Are the Symptoms of Trauma?

Symptoms of trauma tend to be broken down into five categories: Intrusion symptoms, Avoidance symptoms, Mood and Cognitive symptoms, Arousal symptoms, and Dissociative symptoms. People who have been traumatized may experience all the symptoms, or just a few. For more details click on 5 Categories of Trauma Symptoms.

Can Childhood Trauma Impact Me as An Adult?

The answer is yes. The effects from early childhood trauma can be long-lasting and impact one’s life into adulthood.

Children who experience trauma are more likely to experience developmental problems in later years and in adulthood. Common developmental challenges for people who have experienced childhood trauma include: concentrating in school or work, reckless behavior, issues controlling temper, problems developing healthy boundaries in relationships, and acting out their trauma throughout life.

The good news is that it is still treatable.

How Do I Get Help with Childhood Trauma?

If you are reading this article, you are already on the right track. It is important to know that you are not alone. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 78 percent of children report more than one traumatic experience before the age of five. Research shows that early interventions tend to lead to better long-term prognoses with trauma. Speak to a professional. Therapy can help with managing/reducing symptoms, healing long-term wounds, and helping you navigate life in a healthier way. In therapy, we can evaluate how trauma has affected the mind-body, teach coping skills, and learn methods to bring calm and relaxation into the mind-body.

Do I Need Insurance to See A Therapist?

No. In fact, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC., we accept clients on a sliding scale. We are currently accepting clients for our sliding scale rates.


If you live in Portland or the Portland area and want information or help with PTSD and Trauma,