Childhood Anxiety Disorder

Rick D'Alli, MD

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by intense fear, helplessness, or horror following exposure to extreme trauma, such as actual or threatened death or sexually inappropriate behavior. The likelihood of developing PTSD is related to the severity, duration, and proximity of an individual's exposure to the traumatic event.

Other symptoms:

  • Disorganized or agitated behavior

  • Nightmares

  • Avoidance of stimuli that are similar to the causative event

  • Emotional numbing

  • Heightened arousal reaction

  • Repetitive play (eg, reenacting a car crash with toys)

PTSD can occur at any age. Symptoms start within 3 months or possibly years after the event.


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