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Common Causes of Childhood PTSD

Children who grow up with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can experience stress and anxiety that stems from those traumatic events for their entire adult lives, if they are never addressed and tackled in the mind of that individual. For this reason, it’s important to get PTSD treated in children as soon as possible. Oftentimes, the first step to treating PTSD is to first acknowledge why it is there in the first place. Here are some of the common causes of childhood PTSD…

Physical abuse

Using physical harm, or the threat of physical harm, on a child can be a very traumatic experience for that child. Whether it comes from a sibling, a friend, or a parent or adult-figure, physical abuse is a far too common origin of PTSD from childhood. Sometimes, physical abuse can also manifest as sexual abuse, which is horrific for a child on a level that is both physical and emotional.

Emotional abuse

Children can experience abuse without anyone even laying a finger on them. A child’s thoughts about themselves are extremely perceptible by what the people close to them say to them. Using a position of power to needlessly berate children can lead them to develop disorders that stem from trauma.

Childhood neglect

The parent or guardian of a child is implicitly responsible for taking care of the welfare and well-being of that child. However, people don’t always live up to this end of a social contract. For this reason, some children grow up in environments that are neglectful, which may mean that they are neglected food, shelter, or emotional attachment, among other things. Children who grow up in neglectful conditions can develop PTSD.

Violent environments

The environment in which a child is raised has a significant impact on their psychological health. Growing up with physical or emotional abuse can qualify as a violent environment, but a violent environment doesn’t necessarily need to be directed at the child. Children who grow up in crime-filled areas, or war-torn countries that create refugees, are substantially more likely to develop PTSD.

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