Warning Signs for Parents

Children and PTSD: Know the Signs

As a parent, it's important to gather information on PTSD and pay attention to how your child is functioning. Watch for warning signs, such as:
 
  • Sleep problems
  • Irritability
  • Avoidance
  • Changes in school performance
  • Problems with peers.
     
It may be necessary to seek help for your child. Consider having your son or daughter evaluated by a mental health professional who has experience treating PTSD in children and adolescents. Many therapists with this experience are members of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, which has a membership directory with a geographical listing of therapists.
 
Ask how the therapist typically treats PTSD, and choose a practitioner with whom you and your child feel comfortable. Consider whether you might also benefit from talking to someone yourself. The most important thing you can do now is support your child.
 
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