Childhood trauma is an event experienced by a child that causes fear and is typically violent, dangerous, or life-threatening. The 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health estimated that 46% of children in the U.S. experience trauma during their young lives.
Not all upsetting events are traumatic for a child. But many experiences can lead to trauma.
A few examples include:
- Physical, sexual, verbal or emotional abuse
- Ongoing stress from being bullied or living in an unsafe home
- One-time events like a natural disaster or bad accident
- A major illness
- Loss of a loved one