Sad young victim of pre-verbal trauma holding teddy bear looking out a window.

What is Pre-Verbal Trauma?

There is a little whisper of what is called pre-verbal trauma, things that happen before you have the ability to communicate verbally.  Experiences that could be involved are problematic birth, inattentive parent, physical abuse, poverty, or neglect.  Like most women who have had multiple pregnancy and delivery stories we can all attest that no two are the same.  At times things do not turn out textbook perfect and there can be healing required for mom and child but also can include dad and siblings.

Research already sees the connection to a higher risk to autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lung disease such as asthma, frequent headaches, insomnia and depression but, that is not the end because children grow up to be adults and left untreated pre-verbal trauma can cause so many other health issues in adulthood and there is a high statistic that indicates addictions can be related.

The signs of child traumatic stress are; fear of separation from parents or care givers, eating poorly and loosing weight, having nightmares, anger, irritability that doesn’t match the level of event, stomachaches, headaches, or physical pain that seem to have no root cause.

There are treatment modalities that can assist with healing, Internal Family Systems (IFS) believes in speaking with all the parts that were created for protection. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) assists with understanding how to change the way you think and behave. There is Somatic which assists the body to heal.  If you need support, do you research and look for someone who is regulated professional.

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February 5, 2024
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