How to diagnose PTSD in children?
The fifth edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), with its specific guidelines for diagnosing PTSD in children under the age of 6, is appropriate. Here are some criteria from it. You can treat them as references to check whether your children suffer from PTSD:
- Insomnia and nightmares: Children with sleeping problems, or children with recurring dreams about traumatic events.
- Strong physical reactions: Children’s increased heart rate or sweating to trauma-related reminders.
- Avoidance: Children avoid places, activities that may remind them of traumas.
- Frequent negative emotions such as exaggerated fear, shame or sadness.
- Concentration problems
- Social withdrawl: Children’s depression cause difficulties in their relationships with others and school behavior.
If the symptoms above appear, please ask doctors’ help as soon as possible.
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