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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder In Children

Stress disorder in children

It is quite common for children who have experienced life changes that are sudden or major to suffer from varying degrees of post-traumatic stress disorders.

However, it is important for us to understand the various reasons for such post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.

These are also referred to as PTSD and as parents and guardians it is important to be aware and alive of the symptoms so that treatment can be started forthwith. Identifying the symptoms is important because it could lead to certain other dangerous complications if not nipped in the bud.

Let us over the next few lines try and find out the various signs and symptoms which could point towards PTSD in young children and even adolescents.

  • Children who are facing a big change in their environment or regular routine are often at risk towards PTSD. A few examples are starting a new school, and other such situations. Under such changed circumstances, the child can exhibit increased irritability, aggression and other such manifestations.
  • This has been documented by a renowned doctor who has experience and expertise in dealing with Bipolar Disorder and Child Depression. Aggression is most likely to be a symptom which could point to PTSD. We should also keep in mind that it is not necessary that a child should be harmed or abused for him or her to exhibit symptoms of PTSD.
  • There have been instances where marital discord between couples could also be a major reason for such abnormal behavior. Any event which builds in a sense of fear, harm, disorganization or helplessness could be enough to trigger the onset of PTSD and the symptoms associated with it. However, what could be construed as disturbing to one child may not be relevant to another child. So, straight jacketing the symptom may not be the right thing to do.
  • Many children also complain or recurring memories of such disturbing events which could also be a reason for PTSD-related problems. There are many children who also complain of dreams of such disturbing events almost each night. They may not remember the content of sequence of such dreams but the fact that it causes hallucinations and disturbs the child’s normal sleep is something that should be treated with concern and urgency.
  • Many children also find it difficult to fall asleep or remain asleep because of such deep and emotionally disturbing events which could eventually lead to PTSD. Many children also exhibit panic, intense anxiety disorder and distress because of such internal and external reminders.

Such children who suffer from various stages of PTSD are also known to avoid activities, conversations, places, thoughts and people in general. Such symptoms should be carefully observed and immediate action should be taken to remedy and correct the situation. The first thing that should be done is to rule out the possibility of PTSD.

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