Did you know that a whopping 70% of the general public will experience a traumatic event, and of those who do, 20% go on to develop PTSD?
Children lack the proper coping mechanisms, so they are particularly vulnerable.
War is not the only way to get PTSD. Other traumatic events can include:
- a serious injury or illness
- a death
- a car accident
- a significant life change, like a divorce or move
- abuse or bullying
- dysfunction in the home, like yelling or addiction
- a disaster like a fire
- a crime
- either first-hand experience of the events above or even witnessing them second-hand
The key to not developing PTSD in the first place is to get immediate aftercare. But if that did not happen, it’s not too late to seek treatment for your child months or even years afterward.
Some of the symptoms of PTSD, according to the Mayo Clinic and WebMD re:
- Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior
- Always being on guard for danger
- Overwhelming guilt or shame
- Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
- Trouble concentrating
- Not enjoying activities usually enjoyed
- Avoiding certain situations
- Trouble sleeping
- Bad dreams
- Being easily startled or frightened
- Panic attacks
- Headaches, stomach aches, muscle pain without specific injury
For students, these may also manifest as lowered grades or discipline problems at school.
Every child deserves to feel at peace and safe in their environment. You never know if something they experienced may have been recorded as a trauma in their brain and they need professional help to learn how to re-regulate their emotions.
If your child starts to begin to display any of the signs above, or if they or your family has experienced any of the major events listed above, please make the #153Promise to contact their guidance counselor and share your concerns.
They may need validation from someone who understands what they are going through.