Children and PTSD
Children and PTSD is a serious situation that needs to be addressed
professionally. Childhood trauma can carry on with a person into adulthood
and cause more issues.
We like to think that childhood is a time of innocence and
security. Unfortunately, that is more of a wish than
reality. According to Children’s Hospital, approximately
3000,000 children are diagnoses with post-traumatic stress
(PTSD) disorder every year.
PTSD in children can be caused by a terrifying event in a
child’s life. The trauma could be either physical or
emotional. The child may have been the victim or it could
be caused by an event that was witnessed by the child. PTSD
can even be the result of an event that happened to someone
close to the child.
There are over one million confirmed child abuse victims
identified every year. In the U$, kids are exposed to
violence in the home or on the streets more often than they
are in a school setting. In some inner city areas
approximately 84 percent of the children report that they
have heard guns being fired and 87 percent have watched
someone being arrested for a crime. A staggering 25 percent
of the kids had witnessed someone being killed.