Getting Help for Childhood Trauma

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)

Trauma, in general, can be described as an event that occurs that is beyond our physical, psychological, or spiritual abilities to cope. We can also experience trauma indirectly. We can even experience trauma from hearing about trauma someone else has experienced, or repeated exposure to another person’s trauma. As you can imagine, trauma impacts both children and adults. In fact, childhood trauma, sometimes called adverse childhood experiences (ACE), can have a long-lasting impact into adulthood.

Trauma is Personal

At Mindful Healing in Portland, we understand that trauma is personal. This means that each person’s interpretation of stress and capacity to cope is different from another’s. While each person is unique, what is true for all who experience trauma is that the challenge is real. You are not alone if you are seeking help for trauma.

What Kind of Impact Can Childhood Trauma Have in Adulthood?

If unaddressed, childhood trauma can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). For some, you may not know the difference between Trauma and PTSD, essentially PTSD is an accumulation of trauma or triggers from traumatic events. As these reactions persist, they can trigger new trauma, leading to PTSD. PTSD is a condition that develops in response to a trauma, which includes 4 major types of symptoms: intrusive thoughts, avoidance behaviors, distortions in mood and cognition, and arousal symptoms.

Trauma Can Even impact Your Response to Pain

Chronic pain, understandably, is thought of as a physical problem and less related to the mind. The mind-body is a whole system and one can impact the other. Recently, NPR shared a story of Jeannine of Burbank, Calif., who had been suffering from chronic pain since she was 8.

The story titled, “Can You Reshape Your Brain’s Response to Pain?” continues to address alternate sources, such as childhood trauma, for chronic pain.

“Around 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Most of us think of pain as something that arises after a physical injury, accident or damage from an illness or its treatment. But researchers are learning that, in some people, there can be another source of chronic pain.

Repeated exposure to psychological trauma, or deep anxiety or depression — especially in childhood — can leave a physical imprint on the brain that can make some people, like Jeannine, more vulnerable to chronic pain, scientists say. (We are not using her last name for reasons of privacy.)

Get Help with Childhood Trauma Today

Therapy can do a lot towards helping you to heal from and cope with trauma. In the context of therapy, at Mindful Healing Portland LLC, we take a holistic approach. This involves creating a safe space for grounding and working through trauma. In therapy, we can assess how trauma has affected the mind-body, teach grounding skills to work with somatic challenges (physical reactions), and bring greater calm and relaxation into the 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,

E-MAIL US OR CALL US AT 503-878-8588 TO SCHEDULE YOUR INTAKE TODAY.

 

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,

E-MAIL US OR CALL US AT 503-878-8588 TO SCHEDULE YOUR INTAKE TODAY.

 

Is Childhood Trauma Impacting Me as an Adult?

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This is a big question and if you are asking, you may already be experiencing some of the long-lasting effects of childhood trauma. Adults who experience childhood trauma are twice as likely to develop depression and three times more likely to develop anxiety.

What is Childhood Trauma?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, childhood trauma is defined as: “The experience of an event by a child that is emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects.” The first types of trauma that come to mind is physical or emotional abuse. Trauma can also come in the form of witnessing or knowing about physical or emotional abuse. Additionally, trauma can come in the form of surviving a natural disaster or losing a home.

Doesn’t Everyone Experience Trauma?

Not everyone, but it is common. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 78 percent of children report more than one traumatic experience before the age of 5. These include sexual abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic violence, and traumatic loss or bereavement. Only a few of these get addressed, less than 20 percent, and can impact daily life into adulthood.

How Can It Impact Adulthood?

When childhood trauma is not addressed, it can lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD can cause changes in your thinking, behavioral, emotional, or arousal. If PTSD is causing you distress or impacting your functioning, it is wise to seek treatment to get help with whatever changes you are experiencing. Click for more information on how trauma can develop into PTSD.

What Are the Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders?

  • Recurrent memories, thoughts, dreams, or nightmares that are about, or related in content to, the traumatic event(s)
  • Flashbacks, feeling disconnected from the body (some people describe it as though they are watching their life as it were a movie)
  • The feeling that the world is fake/an illusion or lack of awareness of surroundings.
  • Attempts to avoid distressing thoughts, memories, emotions, or reminders about the event.

For a full list click on symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorders.

Treatment for PTSD

With a supportive, trauma-informed therapist you can get great results with treatments. No two individuals are alike. This means that you should receive the care that is specific to you. Whether you have experienced trauma or are dealing with PTSD, therapeutic support can be life changing.

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,

E-MAIL US OR CALL US AT 503-878-8588 TO SCHEDULE YOUR INTAKE TODAY.