What defines childhood trauma?

What defines childhood trauma?

“Child trauma” refers to a scary, dangerous, violent, or life threatening event that happens to a child (0-18 years of age). When these types of experiences happen, your child may become very overwhelmed, upset, and/or feel helpless.

What is repeated trauma called?

You may have heard of post-traumatic stress syndrome or PTSD, but you may not be familiar with complex PTSD, sometimes known as c-PTSD. Complex PTSD is caused by prolonged or chronic trauma. Those with complex PTSD usually have at least some of the symptoms of PTSD, but they could also have other symptoms.

What is a Type 1 trauma?

Type 1 refers to single-incident traumas which are unexpected and come out of the blue. They can be referred to as big T trauma, shock or acute trauma. A condition related to big T trauma or Type 1 trauma is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Examples of type 1 trauma might include: Severe illness or injury.

What is freeze trauma response?

The fight, flight, or freeze response refers to involuntary physiological changes that happen in the body and mind when a person feels threatened. This response exists to keep people safe, preparing them to face, escape, or hide from danger.

How do I know if I had childhood trauma?

TRAUMA CAN INCLUDE A VARIETY OF RESPONSES AND BEHAVIORAL CHANGES, SUCH AS: Intense and ongoing emotional upset, including feelings of fear, terror or under pressure. Anxiety or being in a state of constant alert. Depression.

What are the 4 F’s of trauma?

Pete Walker’s “Complex Trauma: From Surviving to Thriving,” explores the four F’s of complex trauma, fight, flight, freeze, and fawn, to help survivors understand their coping mechanisms and reactions, and begin to work towards actions that may better serve them in their life and relationships.

What is group trauma?

Collective trauma refers to a traumatic event that is shared by a group of people. It may involve a small group, like a family, or it may involve an entire society. Traumatic events that affect groups may include plane crashes, natural disasters, mass shootings, famine, war, or pandemics.