Mary Lorraine Danroth
Trauma: Adoption’s Shadow
What does trauma look like?
Some common signs and symptoms of trauma-related issues include
changes to the young person’s mood, personality, and behaviour;
an increase in anxiety and fearfulness, including separation anxiety;
increased tension, irritability, or reactivity;
inability to relax;
lack of eye contact;
increased startle response;
avoidance of physical and emotional connection with caregivers;
problems with emotional regulation, including tantrum, explosive expressions of anger, or emotional meltdowns;
changes in sleeping and eating patterns;
lack of interest in normal, routine activities and social relationships;
regression to the behaviour of a younger child, such as wetting or soiling clothes;
oppositional and rejecting behaviour toward their parents or other important people in their lives;
problems with school attendance and/or performance;
problematic use of drugs and/or alcohol;
inappropriately sexualized behaviour;
fighting, bullying, or being bullied;
suicidal thoughts or gestures.
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