According to a study conducted by the National Center for PTSD, almost 50 percent of adolescents have witnessed or experienced a type of trauma. Out of those 50 percent exposed to child trauma, about 5 percent of them will develop PTSD. Trauma is dangerous and destructive, especially if left ignored.
What can child trauma lead to?
The experience of child trauma can lead to many things. According to the American Psychological Association, most children display short-term distress after a traumatic event, but a substantial minority end up suffering from psychological pain. This psychological pain from child trauma can be depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many more. If untreated, this psychological pain can mutate into something debilitating and life-crippling.
When to seek professional help
Everyone reacts to traumatic events differently. It’s normal for the first couple of weeks to be rocky, but when symptoms become chronic, it’s time to seek out a professional. Hoping time will heal is wishful thinking and doesn’t always work. Signs that your child may need treatment include:
- Frequent dangerous, reckless behavior
- Substance abuse
- Continuously depressed or anxious
- Seem to show no progress in recovery
- Pushing others away, not communicating their emotions
If you’re truly worried for your child because of their behavior, it’s important to contact a professional for help.
Solstice RTC can help
Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for older teen girls and assigned female at birth struggling with issues such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, or coping with child trauma. We help families heal and girls and assigned female at birth take their lives back. Through comprehensive therapies and a healthy environment, we create the perfect place for your child to regain control and work towards a brighter future.
For more information about how Solstice RTC can help your child with child trauma, contact us today at (801)815-8700.