PTSD: What to Look For
If a child has experienced a disturbing event or series of events, anxiety and some behavioral changes are a normal part of the coping process. PTSD might be considered if she becomes distant, recreates her trauma during playtime, regularly has nightmares about it, or experiences difficulty falling asleep. Young children may begin wetting the bed, become overly clingy with their parents, or even forget how to speak. Some children with the disorder will also develop separation anxiety disorder. Adolescents with PTSD may display self-destructive behavior and guilt.