Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Signs and symptoms

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Learn about the four categories of post-traumatic stress disorder signs and symptoms.

Key points

  • PTSD has a number of symptoms related to intrusion, avoidance, negative changes in thoughts and mood and changes in reactivity.
  • Symptoms need to be present for one month or longer for a diagnosis to be made.
  • Your child’s doctor will interview you and your child to help make a diagnosis.
  • Your child’s doctor might recommend that your child see a mental health professional for a further assessment or therapy or recommend medications.
Last updated: July 27th 2017