Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Children and Psychological Trauma

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Children and Psychological Trauma

Veysi Çeri (Marmara University, Turkey)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 45
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7513-9.ch001
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We all know that the baby's world is a 10-20 square foot field, which grows steadily over the years. The small world plays a leading role in shaping the child's mind at a rate inversely proportional to its size. In fact, not only stressful pieces of life but all kinds of experience takes part in the psychosocial development of the child, good or bad. Herewith, the conditions that cause chronic stress such as neglect, abuse, poverty, domestic or societal violence, war, and dislocation leave unfavorable traces that are difficult to change in the human mind. Today, while we, the mental health workers, are more focused on the apparent wounds that such adverse experiences have left in our souls, the unseen wounds continue to shape the child, society, and us all.
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Although it was not believed that the diagnosis of PTSD is relevant for children and adolescents, studies by Leonore Terr, David Kinzie, William Sack, William Yule, Van Der Kolk and many others who researched whether mental wellbeing of children is adversely affected by traumatic events proved otherwise. Thanks to the authors, today it is, undisputedly accepted that PTSD could develop in children following life-threatening traumatic incidents(Dyregrov,2006).

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