5 Things You Should Know About PTSD

05 Aug 5 Things You Should Know About PTSD

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If your teen has lived through a traumatic experience such as a death, a natural disaster or abuse, they might exhibit signs of a mental health condition known as PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Here are 5 things you should know about this diagnosis.

5 Things You Should Know About PTSD

By Teen Rehab

PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that occurs after living through a traumatic experience. Here are 5 things you should know about this disorder.

  • 1. What is Trauma?

    By Teen Rehab

    The first thing you need to understand about PTSD that it originates in [trauma](http://www.anxietybc.com/parent/post.php). Some examples of a traumatic experience include death, physical injury, natural disaster, physical or sexual abuse or witnessing an unsettling event. This event can cause damage to a person's psyche, emotional distress or even physical injury.

  • 2. Possible Physical Effects

    By Teen Rehab

    Responses to trauma [can manifest in physical ways](http://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/emotional-and-psychological-trauma.htm). Besides possible injury from the traumatic event itself, teens living with PTSD can experience symptoms such as headaches, stomach pains, bed-wetting or an inability to sleep.

  • 3. Possible Emotional Effects

    By Teen Rehab

    There are [many emotional effects](http://www.nctsnet.org/nctsnassets/pdfs/teencopingsubstanceabuse.pdf) that can also take place after experiencing a traumatic incident including, but not limited to, fear, anxiety, guilt, shame, depression, withdrawal and emotional numbness. These may pass with time and proper support.

  • 4. Potential for Retraumatizing

    By Teen Rehab

    We might assume that once a traumatic experience is over, all a person struggling with PTSD needs to do is find a way to move forward. However, certain people, places, events, memories, words or other [associations have the potential to retraumatize](http://www.nctsnet.org/nctsnassets/pdfs/teencopingsubstanceabuse.pdf) an individual. This can cause nightmares, flashbacks or relived emotions. It is important to recognize and communicate openly about possible triggers with your teen if they are living with PTSD.  

  • 5. How to Cope

    By Teen Rehab

    Individuals living with PTSD have the potential to live a full and enjoyable life with proper care, support and [positive coping strategies](http://www.anxietybc.com/parenting/home-management-strategies-ptsd). Some [ways of coping](http://www.teenrehab.org/ways-to-cope-with-ptsd/) include building support networks, attending therapy, sharing experiences with others, grieving, building a routine and slowly facing their fears. If your child struggles with PTSD, help them to seek the support of a mental health professional.

 

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