Knowing the difference can save a life. Is your child getting the treatment they need?

The treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder implemented when treating children who have been diagnosed with PTSD include child-centered therapy, supportive group and individual therapy and community treatment for those children who have experience a community trauma. The key findings of the psychiatric association are being documented after the intense reviews of records and documented successful methods of psychological therapy.  It is known that depression and behavior disorders will eventually manifest themselves if the child is not treated appropriately for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. When working with children and teens who are suffering with PTSD, it is important to research and evaluate the whole picture of the child’s life their family culture and the child’s personality style.

          Many children who may be depressed or suffering from other psychological ailments may at times be overlooked as having introverted personalities. There is approximately 25 to 30 percent of the population who fit the description of introverted personality. Some children do not need a lot of external interaction to be energized. Some of these children are focusing on their inner thoughts and reflections and at times seem to be too introverted. If the child suddenly begins to isolate himself, that is not a healthy sign. Isolation may be symptomatic of PTSD, severe depression, and/or possible drug or alcohol abuse. These are behavioral signs of a possible psychological problem and must be addressed by a professional. In order for therapist and psychologist to evaluate and diagnose they must be capable of telling the difference. Symptoms of problematic isolation can include secrecy, and the child will get defensive when asked about his activities, outburst of anger, aggress behaviors, declining academic performance, difficulty concentrating, relationship problems and trouble with authority. One must take into consideration all aspects of the child’s life and look at the big picture of the situation involved.

            As research is being completed and documented, there are many areas to be evaluated and considered when diagnosing and treating a child who has signs of PTSD. Implementing a plan of action in a child’s life is important for their recovery.  Assuring a parent or guardian is going to follow through with that plan of action is of utmost importance. Consistency and structure are important in the healing process for children.

           When researching the treatments that are successful in treating PTSD in children who are diagnosed with this disorder, all aspects of the child and family life should be evaluated and observed before the proper therapy is implemented. Parents and guardians must take on the responsibility of assuring the child completes the proper therapy prescribed in order for it to be successful. The child’s long-term recovery depends on the completion of the short term goals.

Implementing the correct plan of treatment for a child diagnosed with PTSD is a process which can take time and much consideration. Continued research must be done as the times change and children experience new and at times unusual traumas.

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