Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Overview

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Discover the causes and rates of post-traumatic stress disorder in children and teens.

Key points

  • PTSD may be suspected if a child’s difficulties with coping in response to traumatic events last longer than a month and interfere with everyday life.
  • Factors associated with PTSD include a family history of mental health conditions, a person’s response to stress and previous exposure to a traumatic event. However, even without these risk factors, PTSD can affect children and teens who are exposed to a traumatic event.
  • If your child has symptoms of PTSD, talk to them about their feelings and see your child’s doctor for further evaluation.
Last updated: July 27th 2017