English 1109 @8
October 18, 2016
Journal 8: PTSD
Children who have experienced traumatizing event often get PTSD. These children may not have flashbacks or problems remembering parts of the trauma, the way adults with PTSD often do. Children, though, might put the events of the trauma in the wrong order. They might also think there were signs that the trauma was going to happen. As a result, they think that they will see these signs again before another trauma happens. They think that if they pay attention, they can avoid future traumas.
Children might also show signs of PTSD in their play. They might keep repeating a part of the trauma. These games do not make their worry and distress go away. For example, a child might always want to play shooting games after he sees a school shooting. Children may also fit parts of the trauma into their daily lives like a child might carry a gun to school after seeing a school shooting.
Sometimes the PTSD will go away after a couple of months if they have the right support. Some children that doesn’t happen, so they need therapy to get help. Some treatments available are Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and play therapy.