Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Features is distinguished from other painful events and typically arises from a traumatic event or ongoing trauma such as: sudden or expected events; death or threat to life or bodily integrity; and/or the subjective feeling of intense terror, horror, or helplessness (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2000, p.463). Some examples include childhood physical or sexual abuse, witnessing or being the direct victim of domestic, community, or school violence; severe motor-vehicle accidents; potentially life-threatening illnesses; natural and human-made disasters; or refugee conditions (Cohen, Mannarino, & Deblinger, 2006).
Sexually exploited youth experiencing PTSD will often have sypmtoms in the following areas:
- Depressive Feelings
- Emotional Dysregulation
- Maladaptive Behaviors and Coping Strategies
- Development of Irrational Beliefs
Children and youth whom you suspect might have PTSD should be referred to a mental health professional or expert.