7 Repressed Signs of Childhood Trauma in Women

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7 Signs of Repressed Childhood Trauma in Women: A Guide for Healing and Recognition


Dear readers,

Sometimes, the shadows of our past shape the contours of our present in ways we cannot easily trace. As a Childhood Trauma Expert & Inner Resilience Coach, I’ve dedicated my life to unearthing these hidden threads that tug at the fabric of our lives.

For many women, the signs of repressed childhood trauma can be elusive, manifesting in unexpected reactions and feelings that seem to have no discernible cause.

Recognising these signs is the first step toward healing and reclaiming your life. Here, I offer a guide to identifying these markers, woven from my professional experience and heartfelt understanding of such profound challenges.

1. Unexplained Fear or Distrust of Certain People

Have you ever felt an inexplicable discomfort or anxiety around someone you barely know? This might not just be intuition but a sign of repressed trauma.

Your body remembers what your conscious mind has forgotten, and these visceral reactions can be a protective mechanism, alerting you to perceived threats (real or unreal) based on your past experiences.

2. Discomfort in Specific Environments

Certain environments can trigger deep-seated emotions.

If you find yourself feeling uneasy, anxious, or overwhelmingly sad in particular places without a clear reason, it may be your mind’s response to settings that resemble those of your childhood traumas. These places can reactivate feelings associated with past adversities, often subconsciously.

3. Volatile Emotional Responses

Do small, everyday occurrences trigger intense emotions such as anger or sadness in you? This could be more than just a bad day; it might be indicative of unresolved traumas. Such emotional volatility often stems from the brain’s attempt to process buried memories that you never fully processed.

4. Difficulty with Attachments

Attachment issues often originate from early experiences of instability or abandonment. If you find yourself overly attached or, conversely, detached in relationships, it might be a reaction formed by earlier, unaddressed traumas. Understanding and working through these fears is crucial in developing healthy relationships.

5. Heightened Anxiety

While anxiety can be a common part of many lives, excessive anxiety might be rooted in repressed traumatic events. This heightened state of alertness can be your psyche’s way of safeguarding against the reoccurrence of past trauma, remaining on constant high alert to avoid previous threats.

6. Regressive Behaviors

If you notice moments where you seem to revert to child-like behaviors—like throwing tantrums, using a child-like voice, or showing irrational stubbornness—these could be signs of regression, a defense mechanism often triggered by unresolved childhood issues.

These behaviours might be your mind’s attempt to retreat to a safer, more controlled time.

7. Memory Gaps

Dissociative amnesia is a significant and often disturbing sign of repressed trauma.

If there’s entire periods of your childhood you can’t recall—especially in contrast to what family or friends can remember—it’s possible your mind has blocked out these memories to protect you from emotional re-experiencing of trauma.


Recognising these signs within yourself isn’t easy and addressing them takes courage and support.

Healing from repressed childhood trauma is a journey—one that requires patience, understanding, and professional guidance. Remember, acknowledging these signs is not just about revisiting past pain but about paving a path toward a more aware and fulfilling future.

To all the women reading this, know that you are not alone in your journey. Help is available, and healing is possible. Reach out, speak up, and step forward. Your future self will thank you for your bravery today.

With compassion, faith and hope,

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Sarah Rees-Evans – Childhood Trauma, Wellness and Inner Resilience Specialist for Women.

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