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Long-Term Effects of Trauma

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Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience. It can occur after someone has been through a physically or emotionally harmful event, such as abuse, neglect, witnessing violence, or losing a loved one. Children who have experienced trauma often feel scared, confused, and alone. They may have trouble sleeping, eating, or focusing in school.

Some may act aggressively or disruptively, while others may withdraw and become overly compliant. It’s important to remember that each child responds to trauma in their own individual way. With the support of caring adults, children can begin to heal from the effects of trauma and build resilience for the future.

At HillsidesCares, we understand that children and adolescents who have experienced trauma need specialized care to heal. Trauma can have a lasting effect on a child’s mental and emotional health, and our goal is to provide the resources and support necessary for them to recover and thrive. To learn more about our trauma therapy program at HillsidesCares, call us at 323.641.4842. Our team can help you schedule a tour of our Pasadena, California, facility.

Long-Term Effects of Trauma on a Child’s Mental Health

Experiencing trauma can have a severe and long-term impact on a child’s mental well-being. If your child has experienced trauma, you may have long-term physical and mental health effects. These effects can make it hard for them to go about their day-to-day lives and impact their relationships. Some long-term effects of trauma include:

  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Feeling on edge

If left untreated, trauma can lead to serious mental health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That’s why seeking help from qualified mental health professionals can provide the support and guidance necessary for your child to begin healing.

The Importance of Healing from Trauma

Healing from trauma is an essential part of a child’s development. Without proper treatment, the effects of trauma can last a lifetime. However, with the help of a qualified mental health professional, children can learn to cope with their experiences and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Trauma treatment can help your child in many ways:

  • Improve their mental and emotional well-being
  • Enhance their ability to trust people
  • Decrease their anxiety and depression symptoms
  • Reduce destructive or self-harming behaviors

If you are seeking treatment for your child, we encourage you to reach out to us so that we can help you find the resources you need. Our team at HillsidesCares is dedicated to helping children heal from trauma, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Types of Trauma Treatments Offered at HillsidesCares

At HillsidesCares, we offer a variety of different trauma treatments that are designed to meet the unique needs of each child. Some of our services include individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, art therapy, and equine therapy (Seasonal). We also offer psychiatric evaluations and medication management services. Our team will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that meets your child’s individual needs.

Our facility serves adolescents from six to 17 years old, which sets us apart from most other facilities. HillsidesCares provides an LGBTQ+friendly environment so that every adolescent feels comfortable while healing. Please contact us today for more information about our facility or to schedule an appointment.

Learn About Our Trauma Therapy Program at HillsidesCares

We strongly suggest that parents seek professional help if their child has been through any type of trauma. The sooner your child begins treatment, the better their chances are for making a full recovery. At HillsidesCares, we offer a variety of different trauma treatments that are designed to meet the unique needs of each child. For more information about our facility or trauma therapy programs, please contact us at 323.641.4842.