PTSD in Children

Children and teens are often exposed to trauma that brings on the symptoms of PTSD.

Events causing PTSD in children include:

  • physical abuse
  • sexual assault
  • bullying or peer relationships
  • experiencing or witnessing severe accidents
  • life-threatening illnesses
  • family or community abuse
  • relationships within the family

and more…

These symptoms may show up as issues of:

  • self-esteem
  • school performance
  • sexual behavior (if sexual abuse has happened)
  • emotional and/or mental development
  • depression, anxieties or panic attacks
  • substance abuse
  • eating disorders
  • anger or fears
  • guilt and/or feeling shame

PTSD symptoms in children can include:

  • disturbing memories or nightmares
  • dreams of death
  • negative thoughts about the future
  • acting or lashing out
  • shutting down emotionally
  • fears of re-experiencing traumatic anxiety
  • feeling jumpy or jittery
  • physical aches and pains

Treatment of children’s PTSD involves “talking therapies”, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), family therapy, and PTSD coaching therapy.

At Miracle Healing Hideaway our goal is:

  • help the child feel safe
  • address the child’s family life, peer relationships, and school performance
  • teach the child to live in the present moment