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How Do I Know if I Have Unresolved Childhood Trauma?

Often our childhood memories are fuzzy. In fact, the mind can purposely block out memories for protection, but the symptoms of that trauma don’t go away without healing. Here are some questions you can as yourself to see if you have unresolved childhood trauma, and some research to back up these questions.

Do you find yourself repeatedly attracted to and seem to involve yourself in relationships where you are victimized repeatedly or whereby you are the victimizer? Unhealthy or toxic relationships playing on repeat? This can be a sign that there is unhealed trauma.

The Research
Numerous studies have found a connection between childhood trauma and later involvement in victimizing or victimized roles within relationships (Briere & Runtz, 1986; Classen et al., 2005). Individuals who repeatedly find themselves in harmful or abusive relationships might be exhibiting a pattern linked to unresolved traumas.

Do you find yourself unable to control your anger or get triggered easily by things that logically shouldn’t be such a big deal? Are you holding on to anger for years? Is it affecting your health?

The Research
Research indicates that childhood trauma can contribute to difficulties in anger management and lead to heightened aggression (Teicher et al., 2006; Dansky et al., 1999). Experiencing uncontrollable anger and aggressive reactions might stem from underlying unresolved traumatic experiences.

Do you have unexplained gaps in your memory? Do you remember one phase of your life really well, but others you have basically no memories from at all?

The Research

Studies on dissociation have indicated that individuals who have experienced trauma might exhibit gaps in their memories or recall of certain time periods (Putnam, 1997; van der Hart et al., 2004). Dissociative experiences can result in fragmented memories, potentially pointing to unresolved traumatic events.

Did you grow up with someone who had experienced physical, emotional, or mental abuse or traumatic events? Did you experience those things?

The Research
Numerous research studies have established a link between exposure to traumatic events and subsequent psychological distress (Kilpatrick et al., 2013; Galea et al., 2005). Witnessing violence, living through disasters, or having family members who experienced trauma can significantly impact an individual’s mental well-being.

Do you experience depression or anxiety that you are unable to recover from?

The Research
Numerous studies highlight the relationship between childhood trauma and negative emotional states such as anxiety and depression (Felitti et al., 1998; Kessler et al., 2010). Experiencing these emotions might be an indication of underlying unresolved trauma..

Do you have unexplained phobias?

The Research
Clinical research has found that unexplained phobias and heightened anxiety levels can be linked to unresolved childhood traumas (Cisler et al., 2010; Bandelow et al., 2012). These phobias may be related to traumatic experiences that have not been consciously recalled.

In conclusion, if you answer YES to any of the questions posed above, it could suggest the possibility of unresolved childhood traumas. This is where my work comes in. Just because you experienced trauma doesn’t mean that it is a life sentence or that you are broken, although it is common to feel that way. I means its time for a inner journey of healing. I guide my clients into to the past to heal and release, so that the symptoms can clear. If you are considering if Rapid Transformational Therapy is a good fit for what you are experiencing, schedule a call with me to see if its the right fit.

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