Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a stress-related disorder that manifests as a result of traumatic experiences endured by an individual (i.e., assault, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, accidents, fires, death of a loved one). Not all children who experience a traumatic event develop a stress disorder due to differences between individuals8.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Feeling depressed or grumpy.
- Feeling nervous, anxious, alert, or watchful (on guard).
- Loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed.
- Seeming to be detached, numb, or unresponsive.
- Difficulty feeling affectionate.
- Increased aggression or even becoming violent at times.
- Avoiding certain situations or places that recall past memories associated with the past traumatic experience.
- Losing touch with reality.
- Difficulty within school.
- Physical symptoms including headaches or stomach aches.