Children and teens with
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often have
symptoms similar to those in adults. However, children and teens can have
additional symptoms or problems.
Toddlers with PTSD may have problems learning how
to control their bowels and bladder. They may not develop skills (especially
language skills) as soon as other toddlers.
Children may have
frightening dreams or repeatedly "play out" the event.
children with PTSD may be disorganized, may have poor concentration, and tend
to be aggressive. They may relive the traumatic event through their play. Since
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has
some symptoms similar to those of PTSD, a child may be
Teens with PTSD are more likely to drink alcohol or
use illegal drugs. They may also have difficulty developing the skills they
need to become independent, self-sufficient adults.
Author Stuart J. Bryson Author Christine Wendt, R.D., L.D. Editor Geri Metzger Editor Nancy Reid Editor Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA Associate Editor Tracy Landauer Associate Editor Terrina Vail Primary Medical Reviewer Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical Reviewer Malin K. Clark, MD, FRCPC - Psychiatry Specialist Medical Reviewer Jessica Hamblen, PhD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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June 13, 2005
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