Symptoms of an Abused Child and a Traumatized Adult
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- Fred on June 23, 2012 inTrauma

Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO Trauma Research Center, Author
Twenty-Two Faces: Inside the Extraordinary Life of Jenny Hill
and Her Twenty-Two Multiple Personalities

A Child Who Has Undergone Emotional, Physical, Sexual or Ritual Abuse or Trauma May Express Dissociation and Have:

Can’t remember, has time changes
Jumps from one time period to another without knowledge of what happened in-between
Regresses, at times, to an earlier stage of development
Re-occurring flashbacks and/or nightmares of harrowing events of the past
Isolates from others, shyness
Temper Tantrums
Low self esteem
Feels unworthy of attention, unworthy of love
Withdraws from social situations
Overtly hostile
Aggressive and/or Passive-Aggressive
Afraid of failure
Difficulty concentrating
Difficulty listening
Learning Problems
Difficulty organizing thoughts
Sucks thumb or finger
Baby Talk
Hoards food or certain possessions
Little empathy for others
At times acts older than is
Overly anxious
Easily depressed
Poor Social Competence
Conduct Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder

An Adult Who Has undergone Trauma, Ritual Abuse or Have Repressed Memories of Childhood Abuse Might Express Dissociation and:

Not remember their childhood or can’t remember the traumatic episode
Have sudden weight gain or loss
Have changes in eating or sleeping habits
Dress differently than did before
Change social habits (e.g., spend more time alone or with other people than did)
Feel out of control
Have unexplained fear, anxiety, guilt or un-grieved trauma
Feel depressed or hopeless
Change attitude toward men
Have frequent angry exchanges between partner than existed before
Fear partner
Remember other situations when felt afraid and/or powerless
Change sexual responses (e.g., lack of desire, painful intercourse, etc.)
Constantly want to talk to someone about their feelings
Change eating habits resulting in weight gain or loss
Have an inability to obtain a restful sleep
Change dress style
Isolate self
Spend more time with other people outside family
Have feelings of guilt without knowing where the guilt came from
If abused as a child may still feel responsible for that abuse or feel they “deserved” it
Feel out of control of their life
Be angry without knowing why
Have an Eating Disorder
Have a Learning Disorder
Express Hyperkinesias
Have difficulty Concentrating
Express Paranoia
Have Addictive Behaviors
Express Excessive Worry
Have Indecisiveness
Have Detachment to Others
Have Memory Loss
Have Violent Outbursts
Feel Distrust toward others
Feel Fatigue
Have Acting Out Behaviors
Have Panic Attacks
Have Phobic Reactions
Express Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors

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