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Children Also Suffer From PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is unfortunately gaining everyday household recognition. But it’s not just the thousands of soldiers coming back from Afghanistan that are coming home with PTSD – it’s also being diagnosed in millions of young children.

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PTSD Can Create Secondhand Trauma for Kids

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a very serious and debilitating problem. Left unchecked, it can quickly cause a person’s world to come toppling down on top of him. This is because PTSD does not occur in isolation.

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Psychological Therapy Improves Symptoms in Children with PTSD

Most people probably tend to identify post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly referred to as PTSD, with combat veterans or other adults who have undergone some sort of intensely traumatizing experience. In fact, PTSD can affect people who have lived through a violent crime, a natural disaster such as Hurricane Sandy, a traffic accident or even domestic […]

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Childhood Trauma As A “Profound” Predictor of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome

A study of police recruits found that a history of childhood trauma along with certain genetic factors could predict whether a person would develop Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome after working as a police officer. Childhood trauma is a "profound" predictor of the syndrome, according to the authors.

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Child Abuse Impairs an Individual Long Past Childhood

The effects of child abuse do not disappear when the child becomes an adult. In fact, a recent study using the brain scans of abuse victims reveals that chronic stress levels caused by child abuse can severely damage adult bodies and minds. Those who have been abused as children face a greater risk of psychological […]

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Kids Directly Exposed to School Shootings More at Risk for PTSD

The recent school shooting outside Cleveland has left many students traumatized after three students were killed and two others were injured, according to a recent news article. Even if a student was not physically injured in the mayhem, they still may suffer the psychological scars of grief and guilt.

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Treatment For PTSD in Children is Just as Important as it is For Adults

When people hear about someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they may first imagine an adult who was involved in a violent crime, witnessed a violent act, or was a soldier who had spent time in a dangerous war zone. But children have also been diagnosed with PTSD.

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Kids Exposed to Traumatic Experiences Misdiagnosed with Attention Deficit

Children who have traumatic childhoods are at a high risk for learning and behavior problems, as well as health difficulties such as obesity, according to a new study from Stanford University. However, by overlooking their trauma, doctors and other professionals often misdiagnose them and give them the wrong treatments.

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Sexual Abuse as a Child Could Lead to Risky Sex as a Young Teen

Does a person need to agree to sex to be liked by another person? This may be the thought process behind teens engaging in sexual activity long before they are physically and emotionally ready to do so.

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Get Help for Kids with Trauma or They Might Abuse Substances

About one in four American children experience trauma before they are 16 years old, and many develop all the debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome, according to Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a psychiatrist who helped define and formalize the syndrome as a medical disorder. Dr. van der Kolk believes that if society does not […]

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