Straight, No Chaser: The Effects of PTSD on Children


This is part of a series on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  • For a review of PTSD signs, symptoms and those at risk, click here.
  • For a review of PTSD diagnosis and treatment, click here.

Children are exposed to the same stimuli that creates post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including physical abuse, sexual assault and the effects of war, but they may have different responses and  symptoms than adults. Symptoms unique to children typically involve developmental regression and may include the following:

  • Clinginess
  • Bedwetting
  • Cessation of speech
  • Acting out the scary event

Teens may become disruptive, disrespectful, or destructive, and they may express guilt or engage in revenge.
It is very important to get counseling for children that have experienced a traumatic event. The effects may be subtle but could be devastating and long-lasting.
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0 thoughts on “Straight, No Chaser: The Effects of PTSD on Children

  1. You’re exactly right about the importance of getting counseling! In addition to all the reasons you mentioned, children are notoriously egocentric and tend to see themselves as the cause of what occurs around them. As a therapist, I’ve seen many children struggle with issues related to this locus of control. Likewise, I’ve also treated many adults who experienced trauma in childhood and have carried unresolved emotional issues for years as a result of not getting help earlier in life.