Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - What Are The Symptoms?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - What Are The Symptoms?

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder What Are The Symptoms?

What Are The Symptoms Of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Following a shock, how do you recognize if your child is at risk for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), especially if she seems unfazed? First, dont be fooled by her apparent lack of concern. This could be a delayed reaction and later she could develop strong fears. Look for signs of preoccupation with the trauma returning and hyper-vigilance of any sign of impending danger or sudden terror upon hearing a loud noise in the house that could intimate a break-in, for instance. Being continually prepared is the traumatized childs way of feeling less helpless and powerless. Also notice if the child has new fears related specifically to the trauma, like panic upon hearing the ambulance siren which might take you back to the hospital. Or if your child becomes more fearful in general of things like the dark, noises, animals, death and dying, enclosed spaces, people, and separating from you.

Dont expect your child to necessarily talk directly or coherently about the trauma, few children under the age of 12 can express uncomfortable or painful feelings. Instead, look for signs of distress in the changes that may occur in your childs behavior.

Traumatized children under the age of two are in some ways the most tragic. Although the child may be unable to tell of, make sense of, or later recall what happened, the memories remain forever stamped into his brain and body at a cellular level. A throat that was penetrated with a penis feels constricted and the child suffers from frequent sore throats and later as an adult from TMJ (Temporomandibu-lar Joint Problems), hyperventilation, or a raspy voice, for instance. An arm that was pulled out of the socket is unconsciously kept in the pocket for protection and the person finds himself always buying clothes with roomy

Following a trauma, children may develop fears unrelated to the event itself, such as fears of the dark, of sleeping alone, cf the bogeyman, ghosts, snakes, or thunderstorms. Their timing and intensity will help you recognize if these fears are a reaction to the trauma.

Here are the signs of PTSD in children under the age of two:

Being startled at loud or unusual noises

Stilling in response to people or situationspreviously welcomed

Freezing in their development; failure to learn new and expected tasks

If you suspect childhood sexual abuse, here are some traumatic signs under the age of two:

Recoiling when the genitals are washed or touched

Young children distort reality to fit into their magical way of thinking. For instance, in 1992, when Hurricane Andrew was fast approaching South Florida, the children listened to the news of this huge, fast, dangerous thing with one eye, that was about to strike and hurt them. They interpreted Andrew not as a tropical storm but a terrible one-eyed monster, drawing closer and closer and threatening to take away their homes and toys.

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