Traumatic events seem to be common place in today’s world. It seems we see a stream of never ending media reports of mass shootings, migrant children being separated from their parents, natural disasters uprooting children and families from their communities, and reports of other traumatic experiences.
It is estimated that 40 % of children are affected and experience a traumatic event during their life.
Some of these experiences trigger an overwhelming response of care and support from those around them which helps these children to recover from their traumatic experience. However some children grapple with their traumatic experience and struggle to recuperate. They experience frequent flashbacks of the event, which puts them in a constant state of anxiety, fear, and sadness.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Symptoms in Children
These children exhibit symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The symptoms of PTSD we are most likely to observe in children include:
Treatment for PTSD
PTSD symptoms in children can be treated under the guidance of a trained mental health professional who specializes in working with children and can provide a comprehensive assessment of the child’s symptoms and what the best course of treatment will be.
Treatments available and found highly effective for children with PTSD include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
These treatments help children with PTSD to recover control of their life and path, the children systematically accept the trauma and become free of their symptoms. Contact our office below to speak with a child psychiatrist who can help you on the road towards recovery.
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