Symptoms of PTSD from childhood trauma
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after a person experiences a traumatic event. Children who have experienced trauma, such as physical or sexual abuse, neglect, or exposure to violence, may be at increased risk for developing PTSD.
Symptoms of PTSD can include:
- Flashbacks or nightmares about the traumatic event
- Avoiding things that remind the person of the traumatic event
- Negative changes in thoughts and feelings
- Feeling constantly on guard or being easily startled
- Hyperarousal (feeling on edge)
Other symptoms of PTSD can include:
- Suicidal thoughts
- Substance abuse
- Self-destructive behaviors
If a child is experiencing symptoms of PTSD, it is important to seek help from a mental health professional. A therapist or counselor can provide specialized support and treatment to help the child heal from the trauma and to manage the symptoms of PTSD. With the right support, children with PTSD can learn to cope with their symptoms and can go on to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.