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What is PTSD in Children?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often a silent, but deadly disorder in kids. Children and teens develop PTSD when they have lived through a traumatic life-threatening situation or repeatedly been exposed to violence. Open the statements below to see details.

Events that may trigger PTSD
  • Sexual abuse or violence (does not require threat of harm) 
  • Physical abuse 
  • Natural or man made disasters, such as fires, hurricanes, or floods 
  • Violent crimes such as kidnapping or school shootings 
  • Motor vehicle accidents such as automobile and plane crashes 
  • Witnessing violence - community, domestic or war 
Three main types of symptoms of PTSD

Re-experiencing the trauma through intrusive distressing

  • Recollections of the event 
  • Flashbacks 
  • Nightmares 
Long lasting complications found in untreated cases of PTSD in children
  • major depression
  • aggression 
  • substance abuse and dependence 
  • suicide 
  • chronic mental health issues (chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, etc.) 
  • emotional instability 
  • relational struggles 
  • educational setbacks 

How do you treat PTSD in children and families?

Every case of PTSD is unique and every case deserves specialized attention. Rebekah’s Angels is committed to working with the top licensed therapists to determine the most appropriate therapy. These may include:

Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Evidence-based novel psychotherapy that fosters rapid recovery by reprogramming how the brain stores traumatic memories and imagery. Incorporates memory visualization techniques that are enhanced by the use of horizontal eye movements, as well as memory reconsolidation, a way in which new information is incorporated into existing memories.

Eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR)

Fast acting, psychophysiologic treatment that helps people process and remove painful, unresolved memories by providing a moving object for the eye to track while using deconditioning therapy.

Trauma based cognitive behavioral therapy (TB-CBT)

Short term, goal oriented psychotherapy that is used to help change patterns of thinking and behavior that is behind people's difficulties, changing the way they overall feel about the traumatic event.

Play therapy

Form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses “play” to help children communicate and express their thoughts and feelings.

“As a Child Protective Investigator with the Florida Department of Children and Families for eight years, I personally have experience working with countless children who were the victims of trauma and serious abuse, both physical and mental. One common thread I saw in these families, however, was that the perpetrators of the abuse, usually the parents or caregivers, were themselves victims of unresolved trauma. I often wondered how we could expect these parents to protect and nurture their children when they were dealing with years of their own emotional wounds from which they had not recovered. Therefore, if we hope to stop the cycle and work towards the goal of making families healthy, we must address childhood trauma as soon as we can in order to help prevent another generation of victims who without intervention could become the perpetrators of abuse...”

Amy Fuqua, Former Child Protection Investigator

Looking for a little inspiration?

Read Rebekah Gregory’s journey of faith and determination in overcoming PTSD.  A portion of all book proceeds will be donated directly back to Rebekah’s Angels to help fund children’s PTSD treatment.

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