Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Traumatic events that can cause PTSD in children and adolescents include physical or sexual abuse, natural disasters, serious accidents, witnessing violence, or the death of a loved one.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur in children and adolescents who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.

Symptoms of PTSD in children and adolescents may include:

Re-experiencing the trauma through nightmares or flashbacks

Avoiding reminders of the trauma

Hyperarousal, such as feeling on edge or easily startled

Negative changes in mood, such as feeling sad, angry, or irritable

Difficulty sleeping or concentrating

Fear or anxiety

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PTSD can impact a child's ability to function at school, at home, and in social situations.

If you suspect that a child or adolescent may be suffering from PTSD, it is important to seek professional help from a mental health professional or therapist.

Treatment for PTSD in children and adolescents typically involves a combination of therapy and medication. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure therapy are commonly used to help children and adolescents process traumatic events and develop coping skills. Medications, such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications, may also be prescribed to help manage symptoms.

It is important for parents, caregivers, and educators to provide support and understanding to children and adolescents who may be struggling with PTSD. With appropriate treatment and support, most children and adolescents with PTSD are able to recover and lead fulfilling lives.

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We offer in-person and tele-health appointments

Our therapists will determine if tele-health therapy is an appropriate option for your individual needs and circumstances.