Children who have experienced trauma need help now!

Children who have experienced trauma need help as soon as possible

Webb, RT, Antonsen, S, Carr, MJ, Appleby, L, Pedersen, CB, and  Mok,(2017)  recently released a Danish study of children who were admitted to the hospital as a result of trauma before they were 15 years old. This study found that when compared to peers who were not victims of childhood trauma,  those who did experience trauma before the age of 15 have experienced an ongoing extremely high ratio of self-harming behaviors, violent offending behaviors and a complexity of mental health issues with increased rates of depression, anxiety and personality disorders.

The statistical ratios show that this population group is in need of early mental health intervention. Many in this  group are misdiagnosed because of their hyper arousal states and are often confused as being  ADD/ ADHD, Oppositional Defiant, Bipolar or Major Depressive. The symptoms and behaviors of PTSD often appear to be another diagnosis. It is important for individuals to be treated by a counselor who is experienced in “Trauma Informed Care,” whether they are adult survivors of childhood trauma or children in the mist of trauma in their developmental years. Don’t put getting help off if you or a loved one is a child trauma survivor.

Here are some stunning statistics revealed in the Webb, et al (2017) study.

  • Increased personal or family vulnerability to trauma.
  • Later self-harm (women, self-harm: incidence ratio 1·94 [95% CI 1·85–2·02]; men, self-harm: 1·61 [1·53–1·69])
  • Violent behaviors & violent criminality: women, 2·16 [1·97–2·36]; violent criminality: 1·58 [1·53–1·63]). One in four males admitted to hospital for interpersonal violence in childhood were convicted of a violent offense in adulthood.
  • One in four girls admitted to the hospital due to self-harm or violence had later hospital admissions for self-harm. Childhood hospital admissions due to self-harm or interpersonal violence were more strongly associated with later harms than admissions with accidental injury. (Webb, et al (2017).

Webb, RT, Antonsen, S, Carr, MJ, Appleby, L, Pedersen, CB, and Mok, PLH. Self-harm and violent criminality among young people who experienced trauma-related hospital admission during childhood: a Danish national cohort study. (published online June 1.)Lancet Public Health. 2017;

Click on the link below to see this important study found on  thelancet.com.

If you or someone you know is a survivor of childhood trauma, please help them to find a trauma informed therapist to help them learn how to let loose of the events that have bound them emotionally. If they are in Florida’s  greater Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Trinity or New Port Richey area visit us at: www.urgentcarecounseling.com 

Childhood trauma: psychiatry’s greatest public health challenge? Self-harm and violent criminality among young people who experienced trauma-related hospital admission during childhood: a Danish national cohort study .         thelancet.com