Let’s change the question from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” There are many kinds of trauma including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, accident or illness, and so much more. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a set of symptoms — feeling jittery, sleeping problems, trouble concentrating — that someone develops after they experience something harmful, terrifying, or unsettling, and can affect ALL ages.

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Understanding PTSD: Gina’s Story

It was only as an adult that Gina sought help for the sexual abuse she had experienced as a child. Cognitive behavioral therapy and medication […]

What is PTSD

This animated film highlights post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While PTSD is often associated with veterans, it can affect anyone who has survived a traumatic […]

Living Yesterday: A Look at PTSD

A young girl talks about living with the effects of post traumatic stress disorder. To try to cope with the pain, she would harm herself. (8:27 minutes)

Research has shown that traumatic experiences are associated with both behavioral health and chronic physical health conditions, especially those traumatic events that occur during childhood.

Children and teens could have PTSD if they have lived through an event that could have caused them or someone else to be killed or badly hurt.

Other events that can cause PTSD are war, a friend’s suicide, or seeing violence in the area they live.

Studies show that about 15% to 43% of girls and 14% to 43% of boys go through at least one trauma. Of those children and teens, 3% to 15% of girls and 1% to 6% of boys develop PTSD.

Because these behavioral health concerns can present challenges in relationships, school, and other aspects of life, it is important to understand the nature and impact of trauma, and to explore healing.