Post Traumatic Stress

Posttraumatic stress disorder in children is referred to disorder in which a child experiences extreme stress and anxiety due to previous exposure to a traumatic event.

Symptoms include:

Re-experiencing the trauma through flashbacks or nightmares.


Avoidance of places, people, and activities that are reminders of the trauma.
Marked arousal or reactivity associated with traumatic event.
Children and adolescent can experience PTSD if they were victim or if they have witnessed events or by learning that traumatic event occurred to parent or caregiving figure.
Traumatic event includes event like- sexual or physical abuse or other violent crimes, natural disasters- floods/ earthquake, car crashes, or fires. Other events that may trigger PTSD include exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or suicide by a close acquaintance.
A child may diminish his/her interest in previously liked activity, experience loneliness or exhibit socially withdrawn behavior. These effects are usually affected by the severity of the trauma experienced. For a confirmed diagnosis a detailed examination by registered clinical psychologist or psychiatrist is essential.

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