Hypervigilance in children who have experienced sexual abuse is common. For the child, this means constantly being “on” and constantly being alert to signs of danger. Consequently, the child is not only dealing with the effects of the trauma associated with the abuse, but they are now adding a new layer to an already complex mix of unprocessed emotion. Hypervigilance is exhausting and on a purely physical level, has a huge impact on the nervous system and adrenals. Left untreated, hypervigilance becomes the new state of “normal” for a child.

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