Children with Accident Related PTSD
Adults aren’t the only ones who can be affected by a car crash or serious accident. Kids, too, can suffer the effects of PTSD. Worse is that children aren’t wise enough to realize what is going on. Their minds are still developing, so in many cases, the PTSD hits children the hardest. In fact, children are prone to severe trauma following events like a car crash, according to the NCTSN or National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Determining whether a child has PTSD can be challenging, as stress disorders can affect children differently, depending largely on age and maturity level. Young children might suddenly become fearful of the dark or might start wetting the bed out of the blue. Others may experience separation anxiety where before they could be left in solitude without trouble.
Older children may have outbursts at school or suffer nightmares, have headaches, or have trouble sleeping. Others might display signs of depression and anxiety, and many may develop a fear of getting behind the wheel once they reach driving age.
PTSD Following an Accident Can Be Treated
To treat post traumatic stress disorder means to improve your symptoms, teach you skills to deal with the intense feelings, and restore your self-esteem. Experts recommend two approaches to treating post traumatic stress disorder: Psychotherapy and medication.