PTSD in childhood Trauma Paper
For the last eight or nine years we have been hearing about a disorder that is seemingly new. This disorder is known as post traumatic stress. We hear on the news that a veteran had hurt his or her family and this disorder was the cause. We have seen the countless reports of the number of divorces that are cause by post traumatic stress. Just by reading the reports and watching the news one can conclude that this is a disorder that is cause by war. PTSD is not a diagnosis solely held by war veterans. It is a disorder can affect anyone and their families. In this paper we will discuss just what post traumatic stress is and how it affects people whether or not they have been to war.PTSD in childhood Trauma Paper
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. This is how the National Institute of Mental Health defines post traumatic stress. Given this definition it is easy to see how war veterans have become the face of this disorder. However they are not the only people susceptible to being diagnosed with PTSD. The Anxiety Disorders Association of America estimates that 7.7 million Americans age 18 and older have PTSD.PTSD in childhood Trauma Paper Having been in the military the vast majority of my friends are or were military members. As a matter of fact I can probably count on one hand the number of people I call friends that were never in the military. Many of my friends have post traumatic stress. The stories that they can tell will make you believe that it came from a horror movie. I assure that this was real; none of their stories are made up. It is documented and they have the medals to prove it.
Children experience trauma in different ways and most importantly through different eyes. A child’s temperament and personality can effect the traumatic outcome (if one) for the child. Reactions to trauma may appear immediately after the traumatic event or days or even weeks later. The symptoms of the traumatic reactions may be very individual and depend on the age of the child. Very young children typically have a strong fear of being separated from their parents. They might show behaviours of earlier developmental stages (regressive behaviour) like thumb-sucking, bedwetting, or they cannot sleep alone in their beds anymore (fear of darkness) Any change of social…show more content…
Some adolescents try to self-medicate with alcohol and drugs to compensate for flashbacks and major emotional disturbances. Many children or adolescents are afraid to talk about their traumatic experiences, especially if close relatives are involved.PTSD in childhood Trauma Paper They may even feel extreme guilt over their failure to prevent the traumatic event. It is important for the children that have experienced trauma to relive the event. They may not be able to at first but as time progresses and the child comes to understand the full perspective of what happened, it will allow them to grab hold of the experience and deal with it in a way that works for them. To refer to the “Myths of Childhood” video which contained a group of children that had been on a hijacked bus, the children took some time, I believe the trauma was still affecting them in their twenties. They had to deal with the situation and the trauma so that when they walked down the street and heard a noise like a gunshot they wouldn’t instantly panic and be revisited by old traumatic events. But all of the children that were exposed to the trauma recovered slightly quicker or slower due to their temperaments, personality and support they were all individually given. The Four Corners documentary, on the Romanian Orphanage children suffered from deprivation. PTSD in childhood Trauma Paper