Unrecognized Trauma; Here researcher studied on unrecognized trauma from childhood can affect our daily functioning and behavior patterns as adults. Do you ever have thoughts, feelings or behavior patterns that bother you, but you’ve been unable to figure out why? It’s a possibility that you have unprocessed childhood trauma that is impacting your adult life. But what does that even mean?
There are a wide range of traumas that go unidentified and are unacknowledged; which leads them to be unprocessed. Trauma used to be considered to only impact war veterans; so with the diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); but we now know that there is an endless list of traumatic events that can impact individuals. This is especially true for children. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network; so children in foster care are twice as likely to develop PTSD as veterans.
The unrecognized trauma
The root of many physical, mental and emotional conditions can stem from childhood. Some experiences have gain more exposure and are understand; so generally to be traumatic such as physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence or witnessing gun violence. As children, you may have explore or express these unrecognize trauma; so through repetitive play because this is how a child attempts to gain understanding and mastery of such events.
Like children, adults can play these traumas out as well. Adults may experience this repetition as dating the same type of toxic or unhealthy person, experiencing sexual fantasies; so engaging in events that trigger emotions like anger or anxiousness, a constant lack of enforcing boundaries; also even in the thoughts we have about ourselves and others.
Our behaviors, thoughts and feelings may be link to these unacknowledged traumas; also can create emotions such as shame, worthlessness, feelings of depression and anger; so in addition to creating patterns in our behaviors that we can’t quite figure out how to explain or change.
Activities in elementary school
For instance, a child who always had to sit out during activities in elementary school due to asthma and was tease for it may find that as an adult, they are repeatedly creating situations where they have to conquer opponents, causing hostile relationships with friends.
Another example may be someone who consistently finds themselves with a partner who engages in infidelity because as a child, they were aware that their father was unfaithful. These patterns, feelings, thoughts and behaviors may cause irritation but go unchange because the childhood traumas went unrecognize or unacknowledged.
It is never too late or too early to explore and process any traumas in order to gain insight, and understanding which can lead to the change you have been struggling to figure out how to make. Uncovering the past can be scary, frustrating and exciting all at once, but by unmasking an unacknowledged trauma, you can create the life you’ve always want to live. If this article resonates with you, seeking a trauma inform therapist is a great place to start.