Some of you may be sitting there this Friday wondering what you have to go home and face. I get it, the weekend is supposed to be relaxing but for many – the opposite can be true. Life is hard and terrible things happen, sometimes to children. It is hard enough to be a parent with a child suffering from PTSD, but then to be a working parent – well, you have a battle ahead and I hope some support. If not, please contact me. I do offer FREE consultations to get you started in the right direction.
If you have a child with PTSD, don’t feel different. Many people have children with challenges as a result of uncontrollable circumstances or violence. You are not alone. If you are not sure if your child is suffering from PTSD, please know that they act differently than adults with PTSD.
For example; many children will refuse to do things which remind them of what happened, for example refuse to get into a car if it was a car accident.
Many children have sleep problems – they find it scary to go to sleep, and have lots of nightmares or shaking during sleep.
Children with PTSD do have separation problems – not wanting to leave their parents, wanting their parents to be with them at night (even older children and teenagers) and they do ‘regress’ in their behavior, losing skills they recently learned (such as wetting the bed, not being able to talk).
More so, children become irritable, easily upset, easily startled and have panic attacks – usually they are always on the watch for something bad to happen.
If you know something is wrong at home, and there has been a traumatic life event or change in your life with your children or within your child’s life, please seek help. There is no shame in seeking help for you and your child and no reason to be weary of what you will face at home during this up and coming weekend.