PTSD can be treated. Getting help soon after the symptoms appear is very important and can help reduce the severity of symptoms. Parents should arrange an evaluation with a medical professional as soon as signs and symptoms of PTSD are noticed.
Specific treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder will be determined by your child's physician or mental health provider based on:
- Your child's age, overall health and medical history
- Extent of your child's symptoms
- Your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- Expectations for the course of the disorder
- Your opinion or preference
Treatment should always be based on a comprehensive evaluation of the child and family. Treatment recommendations may include psycho-social therapies or group therapy for the child or teen. Some children may also benefit from treatment with medications.
Recovery from PTSD depends on the child’s or teen’s internal strengths, coping skills and resiliency (ability to “bounce back”) as well as severity of the trauma, frequency of re-exposure of traumatic events and the presence of other mental health disorders. Recovery is also influenced by the support given within the family environment. Parents play a vital supportive role in the treatment process.