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Unknown Childhood Trauma Triggers - The Events That Activate Nightmares Within You

Imagine this: you are at a party, in the midst of a great and enjoyable experience, when all of a sudden, an unknown childhood trauma triggers you and begins to surface. How depressing it is to go through a difficult time while attending a celebration where everyone else is having a good time. Even after many years have passed, the traumatic event that once caused your life to be a living nightmare is still fresh in your mind, and it continues to have an effect on you. But what is it that continues to set you off?

Dr. Cooney Blades
Oct 05, 2022183 Shares2609 Views
Imagine this: you are at a party, in the midst of a great and enjoyable experience, when all of a sudden, an unknown childhood trauma triggersyou and begins to surface. How depressing it is to go through a difficult time while attending a celebration where everyone else is having a good time.
Even after many years have passed, the traumatic event that once caused your lifeto be a living nightmare is still fresh in your mind, and it continues to have an effect on you. But what is it that continues to set you off?
This page will provide an answer to that question. Please keep in mind that I, the author of this article, am not claiming to be the only one who is completely accurate when it comes to this field. However, with the assistance of professionals from the internet, this article will provide you with knowledge.

Understanding The Childhood Trauma

What is Childhood Trauma?

The term "childhood trauma" refers to a traumatic experience that a person had as a child as a result of an event, situation, or environment that left them feeling vulnerable and as though they couldn't depend on the world or other people to keep them safe.
For many people, experiencing traumatic events as a child has the unhappy consequence of changing the ways in which they think and the ways in which they relate to the world and to other people as an adult.
This could suggest that you find specific aspects of life to be challenging a

Common Events That Trigger Your Childhood Trauma

Being With Or Near Someone Who Is Experiencing Strong Emotions

According to Dr. Jonice Webb from Psych Central, One thing that might remind someone of childhood trauma is that when they were in a group, some people were very uncomfortable whenever anyone showed strong emotions.
She now knows that those were basically the CEN people in her group revealing themselves. When you can't feel your own feelings, you can't learn and understand how they work. You can't get used to how your own feelings make you feel.
When you have strong emotions, they can act like a confusing and violent trigger that seems to wipe you out. When you're in this kind of situation, you want to get away, move, make a joke, or change the subject.
Cartoons wearing a mask showing their fake smile
Cartoons wearing a mask showing their fake smile

Being With People That Are Emotional

If you had a bad childhood because someone hurt you or didn't care about you, you may be on edge when someone shows strong emotions. Whether someone starts crying or raises their voice, you may start to feel more and more uncomfortable.
Dr. Jonice Webb of Psycentral says that one reason this happens is that other people's feelings can affect your own. When someone else is getting emotional, you may feel like you have feelings you aren't supposed to have.
This makes the situation uncomfortable and makes getting away the most important thing to do.

Your Media Usage

A woman in a black sweater using her cellphone while resting on a bed
A woman in a black sweater using her cellphone while resting on a bed
The media we watch and read has a strong hold on how we feel. TV, movies, newsarticles, music, and other things are all made to make us feel something. This reaction can sometimes be unhealthy and can bring up something from deep inside.
Seeing a similar trauma that reminds you of your own can hurt your mind and make you spiral. The media doesn't hide the bad parts, which can make you feel like you're reliving it. Also, focusing on dark subjects like death, chaos, and violence.

Every Time You Encounter Conflict

You need skills to deal with a conflict in a direct and effective way. First, you have to be okay with being around someone who is angry or sad. Second, you have to be okay with getting upset or hurt.
Not everyone can feel what they feel and stay in the situation long enough to put their feelings into words. If you grew up with CEN, you don't have a chance to learn these skills.
Then, when someone hurts you, you realize you don't have any tools to help you deal with the situation. Instead, your plan to stay away from something happens. So, you try to hide your feelings and the conflict by acting like everything is fine.

Being Ignored

Growing up with CEN is like being ignored, no matter how much attention you got in other ways. Your deepest, most personal expressions of who you are and how you feel are not seen or heard. So it makes sense that you feel like no one sees or hears you.
This has two big, different effects on your life as an adult. You end up being surprisingly happy sitting in the back or being the wallflower. But when you are actually forgotten (which happens to everyone), it can bring back the pain of feeling unimportant and invisible from when you were a child.

The Impact Of Childhood Trauma On Your Adult Life

Trauma from your childhood can sometimes affect your life as an adult because, no matter how hard you've tried to move on, you are still a traumatized person.
A sad woman sits on a sofa and looking to her side
A sad woman sits on a sofa and looking to her side
If you haven't gotten enough help or the right kind of therapyto deal with your trauma, this part of you that is still a child still carries your trauma and pain.
Maybe you don't always feel it or know it's there, but when you're stressed, signs of your childhood trauma show up. Or when something in your life reminds you, either quietly or not so quietly, of something that happened to you when you were young.

People Also Ask

How Do You Deal With An Unknown Childhood Trauma?

  • Understand the trauma. The adult must admit that this event from their childhood was traumatic.
  • Don't be too hard on yourself. Self-criticism and feelings of guilt can be very common in adults who had a traumatic childhood.
  • Try to get help.

Can You Have Childhood Trauma And Not Know?

Maybe you don't always feel it or know it's there, but when you're stressed, signs of your childhood trauma show up. Or when something in your life reminds you, either subtly or not so subtly, of something that happened to you when you were young. Your symptoms show that you were hurt as a child.

How Do I Know If I Have Hidden Childhood Trauma?

Have you ever met someone and felt right away that something wasn't right? This feeling could be a sign of a childhood trauma that was pushed down. Even if you don't know the person, your mind and body tell you that they aren't safe.

Final Thoughts

Living in a world where you always feel useless simply because of the trauma you experienced as a child can be truly depressing; if you are truly concerned about your mental and physical health, seek professional help to treat your problem.
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