20 Signs of Unresolved Trauma


This is an excellent list of issues that are associated with unresolved trauma. I hope you find the article as interesting as I did.

Discussing Dissociation

Unresolved Trauma

Many people enter the therapy process with minimal awareness of their trauma history.  When the trauma survivors are dissociative, they have the ability to block out an awareness of their trauma.  They may know that their family had problems, or that their family was dysfunctional, etc, but they may believe they were never abused.

child abuse child abuse (Photo credit: Southworth Sailor)

However, blocking out conscious awareness of trauma does not mean that the survivors have no effects of that trauma.  Using denial and dissociative skills does not mean that the abuse did not happen.  Denial means that the person simply is refusing to acknowledge or accept the fact that they were traumatized.  They are pretending they were not hurt, when they were actually hurt very badly.

Even if the memories of abuse are hidden from the survivor’s awareness, blocked trauma / unresolved trauma creates very noticeable and obvious symptoms that…

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4 thoughts on “20 Signs of Unresolved Trauma

  1. It’s an interestin article and I recognise myself in the description but I’m not running, I’ve never really run l just don’t know how to sort it out. I’m not in denial about stuff that happened but I can’t find any compassion for myself about it. It’s so tied in with my copin strategies but less denial than lack of fundamental tools. So maybe lack of self compassion is denial but it’s so complex to overcome, not a conscious choice. There are so many blocks to me making that choice…. Sorry for ramblin. Thinkin out loud. Tnx for sharing

  2. Such a great article. Pretty well sums up my life before entering recovery almost 9 years ago. Saying aloud, ” I know something happened to me” and starting my uncensored journal was the beginning of healing. It was hell at first, but my gosh, recovery is a beautiful thing. Blessings and hope to all who suffer. Keep going. You will heal. 💗

  3. Have you ever done any inner child work? I was very skeptical (eyes rolling, seriously), but I was desperate and committed to doing what my counselors told me to do. It ended up being a powerful step toward learning compassion for myself. Cheering you on.

    1. Ah thanks Lori, your supportive cheers are much appreciated. I haven’t done any inner child work, but inspired by you I’ll look into it. Great you are learning to be compassionate towards yourself x

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