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Developmental Symptoms of Childhood Trauma

Developmental Trauma Disorder Symptoms

While not an official diagnosis, symptoms related to developmental trauma often overlap with symptoms of other disorders, such as Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) or Borderline Personality Disorder. These symptoms can vary widely based on individual experiences, but some common themes might include:

  • Inability to regulate emotions
  • Disturbed attachment patterns – clingy, aloof, unable to be consoled by caregiver
  • Rapid behavioral regressions
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of initiative
  • Aggressive behavior against self and others
  • Cognitive, Speech and Motor delays
  • Lack of bodily regulation in the areas of sleep, food and self-care
  • Altered views of self and the world around them
  • Hyper-response, anticipatory behavior and traumatic expectations
  • Multiple physical problems, from gastrointestinal distress to headaches
  • Lack of awareness of danger and resulting self-endangering behaviors
  • Self-hatred and self-blame
  • Children’s Reactions to Trauma
  • Chronic feelings of helplessness/hopelessness
  • Altered views of self and the world around them
  • Hyper-response, anticipatory behavior and traumatic expectations
  • Multiple physical problems, from gastrointestinal distress to headaches
  • Lack of awareness of danger and resulting self-endangering behaviors
  • Self-hatred and self-blame
  • Trauma in children may be misdiagnosed as:
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Bi Polar Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Symptoms of developmental trauma can be similar to those of other mental health conditions, so a comprehensive assessment by a qualified mental health professional is necessary to determine an accurate diagnosis and create an appropriate treatment plan.

Developmental Trauma Therapy Near Me

If you have been enduring an emotional trauma, Do not hesitate to call us at 772 837 5988 if you have been experiencing an emotional trauma. When you're ready to talk, we're here to listen. We'll make sure to provide you the freedom and safety you need to talk about and process your trauma. Working with our qualified counsellors and therapists, we will assist you in discovering the appropriate therapy alternatives that you feel comfortable with.

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