Helping Your Child Manage Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition. It is more likely to start after a life-changing event or trauma. Types of trauma that can lead to PTSD include physical injury, abuse, violence, or a natural disaster.
It is normal for a child to show signs of stress after a traumatic event. PTSD symptoms may start soon after a traumatic event or weeks later. It can affect how a child thinks and feels for months or even years. There are ways to recognize the symptoms and support your child who is living with PTSD.
PTSD can affect a child in many ways. In general, children may have anxiety, distressing memories, mood changes, and may avoid family activities. Other symptoms vary by age.
If your child is younger than 6 years:
If your child is age 6 to 12:
If your child is age 13 to 18:
Make your child feel safe at home
Offer everyday support
Learn more about PTSD
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This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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