Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event


Signs of Trauma in Children and Adolescents

  • Constantly replaying the event in their minds
  • Nightmares
  • Beliefs that the world is generally unsafe
  • Irritability, anger and moodiness
  • Poor concentration
  • Appetite or sleep issues
  • Behavior problems
  • Nervousness about people getting too close
  • Jumpiness from loud noises
  • Regression to earlier behavior in young children, such as: clinging, bed-wetting or thumb-sucking
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Detachment or withdrawal from others
  • Use of alcohol or drugs in teens
  • Functional impairment: Inability to go to school, learn, play with friends, etc.

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