Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Pediatric
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition. It can occur in children who go through a life-changing event or trauma. It can also happen in children who hear about or see a traumatic event.
It is normal for a child to show signs of stress after a traumatic event. If symptoms last for more than a month, your child may have PTSD. Symptoms often improve over time. Some children may have symptoms for years if they do not get help.
In children aged 6 or younger
In children older than age 6
PTSD is diagnosed through an assessment by a mental health professional. You or your child may be asked to describe the trauma. You may be asked if you have noticed any changes in your child's behavior.
Some children with PTSD may need both medicines and therapy.
Managing stress and anxiety
Talking to your child
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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