November 3, 2023

On today's show, Adrian and Ethan discuss Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in children.

PTSD was once seen as something that only combat veterans and war refugees might struggle with. But new research shows that people of all ages can experience PTSD, even young children.

Many kids develop PTSD in response to ongoing abuse, neglect, violence, school shootings or conflict.

Children who live with PTSD may struggle with the everyday rhythms of school, sports, friends, family and community. But signs and symptoms may vary, depending on the child's age.

One symptom children and adolescents may experience are memories, flashbacks or nightmares after the event. They may also become distressed emotionally and physically when they're reminded of the scary event. Kids and teens between 7 and 18 may also have flashbacks and other adult symptoms of PTSD.

Younger children may not describe their memories, but instead might reenact trauma during playtime.