Post-traumatic stress disorder in children. The phrase makes me cringe because both my son & son-in-law suffered from this treatable mental illness as kids.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children. The phrase makes me want to put my hands over my face, like the child in the picture, and pretend kids don’t get PTSD.

Why I Advocate for Kids with PTSD

But I can’t, because kids, including my son and my son-in-law, suffered from this very treatable mental illness when they were children. That’s why I jumped at the chance to write an occasional guest blogger series about PTSD in kids for the folks at Friendship Circle of Michigan. The first post in the series tells about our son’s struggle with PTSD. His post-traumatic stress disorder was precipitated by life-saving major surgery shortly after his birth and many more surgeries and invasive medical procedures and tests he endured until age five.

Confessions of a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Advocate

To read the whole story, scoot on over to the post entitled Confessions of a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Advocate at the Friendship Circle of Michigan blog. You’ll not only read the story of our son’s struggle with PTSD and his highly successful treatment, but also find out why I’ve become a passionate advocate on the topic. So passionate that an entire chapter of Different Dream Parenting is dedicated to informing parents about PTSD causes, symptoms, and treatments.  So passionate, my agent is sending out my book proposal on the topic to publishing houses around the country.

What Do You Want to Know About PTSD?

Over the next several months, I’ll inform readers each time a new post in the series is published at Friendship Circle’s blog. And I’ll let you know when a publisher offers a contract, and I start writing the book. In the meantime, please leave a comment about what you want the book to cover. What questions do you have about PTSD in children? What resources do you want to learn about? What resources do you recommend? I would love to hear from other people passionate about PTSD in children!

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