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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that may develop after seeing or experiencing an upsetting event (trauma). Types of trauma that can lead to PTSD include physical injury, any kind of abuse, violence, or a natural disaster.
PTSD can occur shortly after a traumatic event or may happen weeks later. It can affect how a child thinks and feels for months or years. There are ways to recognize the symptoms and support your child who is living with PTSD.
In general, signs of PTSD include stress, mood changes, avoidance, anxiety, and distressing memories. Symptoms of PTSD also vary by age.
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