Children can have PTSD
too. They may have the symptoms listed above and/or symptoms that depend on how
old they are. As children get older, their symptoms are more like those of
Young children may become upset if their
parents are not close by, have trouble sleeping, or suddenly have trouble with
toilet training or going to the bathroom.
Children who are in the first few years of elementary school
(ages 6 to 9) may act out the trauma through play, drawings, or stories. They
may complain of physical problems or become more irritable or aggressive. They
also may have fears and anxiety that don't seem to be caused by the traumatic
If you think you or a loved one has symptoms of PTSD, see your doctor right away.
Fill out this form(What is a PDF document?) and take it to your doctor. Treatment can work, and early
treatment may help reduce long-term symptoms.2