June is PTSD Awareness Month, and though I sometimes feel there’s nothing more for me to write on post traumatic stress disorder, here I am blogging about it again. Specifically about PTSD in children, also known as childhood developmental trauma. Here are 5 reasons this topic is worth writing about year after year.
Reason #1: Too Many Children Suffer from PTSD
Exact numbers are hard to pin down, but as this report from the National Center on PTSD, more children live with PTSD than we’d like to think, definitely in the tens and hundreds of thousands. But even if only one child was living with untreated PTSD, that’s one child too many.
Reason #2: PTSD in Children is Highly Preventable
All children experience trauma at some point in life, but not all children develop post traumatic stress disorder. PTSD happens when a child experiences a trauma and the emotions and physical sensations accompanying the traumatic event become trapped in. Research shows that after a traumatic event, PTSD usually doesn’t develop in children who, with the help of a calm and supportive adult, are able to process the trauma, leave it in the past, and move on.
Reason #3: PTSD in Children Is Highly Treatable
Even when children whose unprocessed trauma becomes PTSD, all is not lost. Children as young as three can receive effective trauma treatment.
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