PTSD ( post-traumatic stress disorder ) is a mental disorder that can happen to anyone, including children. In general, this condition can arise as a result of a traumatic event that you have witnessed or experienced yourself. So, is it true that this disorder can cause interference with child development? 

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The answer is yes. In fact, PTSD can be a trigger for long-term disorders, both in terms of physical and mental health. This trauma can interfere with a child’s growth and development, which can trigger complications such as depression, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders. Not only that, PTSD can also increase the risk of long-term diseases, such as asthma, diabetes, to stroke.

Symptoms of PTSD in Children 

PTSD causes sufferers to be unable to forget the trauma they have experienced or seen. There are several events that can cause trauma, such as traffic accidents, natural disasters, criminal acts such as robbery, sexual harassment, or rape. However, this does not mean that people who remember events from childhood trauma have PTSD. 

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that makes it difficult for the sufferer to forget a traumatic event that has been experienced or witnessed. At a severe level, this disorder can cause sufferers to always think negatively about themselves and their surroundings. Such thoughts can affect your outlook on life, and in the end make PTSD symptoms vulnerable to appear. 

The role of parents

Fathers and mothers should be alert if their little one shows symptoms of PTSD, such as often remembering traumatic events that have been experienced or seen, having nightmares, often acting impulsively, claiming to hear voices that no one else hears, often having negative thoughts, looking hopeless, and not have an interest or enthusiasm in carrying out daily activities.

Symptoms of PTSD that worsen should be treated immediately. The goal is to relieve symptoms and prevent bad things from happening. One of them is the possibility of complications such as depression, eating disorders, or anxiety disorders. The treatment required is a combination of psychological therapy and the administration of special drugs. 

If children show symptoms of PTSD, the role of parents is very important to help them recover. If this is the case, be sure to support the child in dealing with the trauma. Slowly, help your little one understand that everything has happened and should be accepted. Acting like nothing happened, or pretending to be tough doesn’t really help. 

The longer it goes on, the more traumatized it will be. In addition, getting used to yourself and your child to pretend that all is well can actually trigger other mental disorders. Because, the longer the feeling of depression and fear is left buried, of course it will stick out and can be fatal.