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    PTSD in children – how parents understand the stress trauma of the child and what to do

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    Stress caused by events that traumatize the child’s psyche can result in aggression, insomnia, headaches, and more. How to help children with PTSD – in the article

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    PTSD in children appears after 3-6 months, so it is difficult for parents to immediately understand the stressful trauma of the child. / Photo: istockphoto.com, freepik.com

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    In children of different ages, the manifestations of PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder, may look different. How dangerous is this condition how to recognize PTSD in children and most importantly – what to dotold the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

    In PTSD, the mental state is disturbed, and such a disorder develops after a traumatic event. Hundreds of thousands of children after the Russian attack have experienced and continue to experience enormous stress, which leads to PTSD.

    PTSD symptoms do not appear immediately, but after a while (usually after 3-6 months)
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    PTSD symptoms do not appear immediately, but after a while (usually after 3-6 months) / Photo: istockphoto.com

    However, the symptoms of the disorder appear not immediately, but after a while (usually after 3-6 months). Due to the fact that the disorder does not appear immediately, parents often cannot connect changes in the child’s behavior with events experienced several months ago.

    Often they consider a sharp change in the behavior of children as a deterioration in character, signs of age crises, or something else. At preschool children PTSD is usually manifested by fears, sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, and outbursts of anger. Children who have developed well begin to speak worse, behave like babies.

    PTSD in older children is usually manifested by fears, sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, outbursts of anger

    PTSD in older children is usually manifested by fears, sleep disturbances, loss of appetite, outbursts of anger / Photo: istockphoto.com, Collage: Today

    Primary school students lose interest in learning, fear the future, sleep poorly, cannot concentrate and remember seemingly simple things and tasks. They also often suffer from headaches. Teenagers and high school students experience the same symptoms.

    Plus, they may have even more aggression, total distrust, and even depressive states. The parents of such children in no case should they be criticized or ridiculedto devalue the feelings and experiences of the child.

    Advice for parents whose children are experiencing PTSD

    Advice for parents whose children are experiencing PTSD / Photo: moz.gov.ua

    Do not return to traumatic memories, do not force the child to talk about it again. Also, don’t brush it off if the child wants to talk. But don’t promise him what you can’t deliver. If such behavior lasts more than 3 months, and even more so if it threatens the life of the child, See your pediatrician/family doctor or child psychologist.

    We also wrote how to save the psyche during the war and regain the joys of life – the advice of a psychologist.

    And also find out why you can’t start fireworks and have a noisy party.

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    Source: Segodnya

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