Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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Many military members along with their children face many factors that contributes to stress, such as relocations, daycare issues, work related issues and deployments, to name a few. Many times children are left with one to no parents because of deployments. When a parent returns home, the family may have to deal with different changes and challenges. One of the biggest challenges they may have to deal with is being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Military families and children can better understand and live a more healthier life if know they what PSTD is, how common it is for children to experience it, the effects of PTSD, the kinds of behaviors children may demonstrate and the intervention programs available to deal…show more content…
There are many effects PTSD have on children. Children who are affected can experience changes in “academic performance, anger issues, worrying, hiding emotions, disrespect to parents and anyone in an authoritative role as well as a sense of loss, sadness and depression” (NCCP | Trauma Faced by Children of Military Families. (n.d.). There are three different categories identifying children who are exposed to PTSD and the way in which they respond are different. The three categories are: the over identified child, rescuer child and emotionally uninvolved child. “The over-identified child, may feel disconnected from their parents, so they may begin to act just like their parent(s) in order to connect. The rescuer child tries to fill adult shoes and take on those roles for their parent(s). The emotionally uninvolved child doesn’t get a lot of help on an emotional level which in turns causes problems in school, anxiety, depression and lead to relationship problems later in life” (PTSD: National Center for PTSD)..” Therefore, the effects of PTSD can alter a child’s behavior. Children who experience PTSD demonstrate social and behavioral problems, emotional problems and secondary traumatization which can continue into adulthood. Research in Vietnam Veteran 's families have revealed that “children of Veterans with PTSD are at higher risk for
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