Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Children and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Children who face personal trauma have a tendency to internalize their feelings, experience guilt and even blame themselves for what has happened. This can lead to negative self-image and hamper their mental development gravely.
A whopping 3 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year in the United States. Close to 5 million children face trauma every year in the United States- this translates into 1.8 million new cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder each year.
The National Center for PTSD has outlined clear symptoms of PTSD in children. The presence of any of these symptoms for more than a month may signal the need for medical care.
• Unable to talk about the event or describe feelings
• Generalized fear
• Sleep disturbances, nightmares
• Heightened arousal or edginess
• Separation anxiety
• Loss of speech or motor skills
• Stomach aches and headaches
• Hyperactive starter reflex
• Personality changes, mood changes
• Undue concern and worry
• Aggressive behaviors and angry outbursts
• Extreme self- consciousness