causes of PTSD in children

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness vastly under-diagnosed in children. For that reason, I’ve been guest blogging about the topic at Friendship Circle of Michigan’s website. Previous posts in this series explained why I advocate for children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), explored 5 myths and misconceptions about PTSD in children, and defined both trauma and PTSD from a child’s point of view.

Causes of PTSD in Children

The most recent post in the series identified the following ten causes of PTSD in kids:

  1. Medical intervention
  2. Abuse
  3. Neglect
  4. Disasters
  5. Violent acts
  6. Accidents
  7. Divorce
  8. The death of a significant loved one
  9. Moving
  10. Adoption

Trauma in the Eyes of a Child

If you’re shaking your head and thinking, “She’s pulling my leg. Those aren’t traumatic events,” then you’re looking at them with the eyes of an adult rather than from a child’s point of view. That train of thought and more detailed explanations of each of the ten items on the list can be found at the blog post 10 Causes of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children at Friendship Circle’s website.

More Articles about PTSD in Children

Other articles about PTSD in kids at this website include:


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Your PTSD Experience

Did you deal with PTSD as a child? Is your child dealing with it now…or do you suspect PTSD? If so, leave a comment about how the condition was diagnosed and treated. Or if you have questions, go ahead and ask. I’ll try to answer or direct you to resources where you can find answers.

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