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Children and PTSD

Children who have experienced multiple traumatic events are often diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Key symptoms of PTSD include:

    • The child re-experiences the trauma (typically through flashbacks and nightmares)
    • The child will avoid stimuli associated with the trauma
    • The child may disengage from their emotions (may lose interest in things they used to like to do)
    • The child may have physical symptoms for no medical reason (stomach aches, headaches, etc)
    • The child may be more hypervigilant (startle easily)