Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs as a result of a traumatic event in a child's life.
Symptoms may include:
- Frequent memories of the event
- Angry outbursts
- Regressive behavior
Services that may be beneficial for a child with PTSD include:
- Individual counseling
- Behavior management
Where can I find further information?
National Center for Children Exposed to Violence
Seeks to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families.
PTSD in Children and Adolescents
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD
Provides information on events that can cause PTSD in children, the number of children who develop it, risk factors, what PTSD looks like in children, other effects of trauma on children, and types of treatment.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Missed Diagnosis
Grasso, Boonsiri, Lipschitz, Guyer, Houshyar, Douglas-Palumberi et al.
Child Welfare, 88(4), 2009
Explores the roles of mental health professionals and child welfare workers in determining appropriate psychiatric diagnoses and treatment needs of children involved with the child welfare system who may be suffering from PTSD.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PDF - 882 KB)
Adoption Resources of Wisconsin (2009)
Provides information and reviews the three categories of symptoms of children who have PTSD: intrusions, avoidance, and hyperarousal. The factsheet describes treatment methods for PTSD and includes a list of resources and an action plan for parents.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1999)
Factsheet on PTSD.
Postraumatic Stress Disorder
In Mental Health Treatment for Children and Adolescents
Analyzes treatment outcomes research on posttraumatic stress disorder in youth and summarizes empirically supported psychosocial and pharmacological treatments.