Basics of Adolescent PTSD Treatment
Experiencing a traumatic event can be one of the most difficult, life altering parts of a teenager’s life. Even worse, for some, those experiences continue to affect their entire lives in the form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you or a loved one have had a traumatic event occur, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of the disorder to ensure that you can receive the help that you need as soon as possible. Specific adolescent PTSD treatment plans can help reduce and completely alleviate the disease, so please seek help immediately.
Teens that are suffering from PTSD often begin to show a fear of separation from close family members. They can be impulsive and may become aggressive, showing bursts of anger. Many turn to recreational drugs as a form of escapism. To get diagnosed with the disorder, a teenager must be reliving the trauma through memories, nightmares, flashbacks or reenactments, or anxiety when reminded of the event. They must also have some symptoms of avoidance, where the child tries to avoid any triggers that may remind them of the event. This may include obvious things, like forgetting parts of the trauma, but it can also include reduced interest in social activity, or feelings of detachment. Sleep difficulties, hypervigilance and having trouble concentrating are all signs of hyperarousal, which is the third basic symptom of PTSD.
Adolescent PTSD treatment plans vary, depending on the severity of the symptoms and their duration. For some, the disorder dissipates on its own after a few months. Others will experience its effects for years without proper treatment. Today, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy is seen as the most effective treatment for children and teenagers affected by the disorder. A child will discuss the trauma and learn how to cope with the anxiety and stress that the memories evoke, and to relearn how they think about the situation.
PTSD will only rule your life if you let it. Adolescent PTSD treatment is available, so please get help immediately if you recognize these symptoms in a loved one or in yourself.
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