PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is not something just associated with war veterans. PTSD can affect anyone, including teenagers and adolescents. It is triggered by intense or dramatic life changing events, such as the death of the loved one as well as cases of sexual abuse or rape. PTSD may be triggered by one serious event, a series of events, or exposure to a situation for an exposed amount of time.

What is PTSD in Teens?

PTSD is a mental health problem that can affect anyone following a traumatic event or series of events. Those with PTSD often have vivid memories or flashbacks of the traumatic event. The symptoms can become serious or debilitating if not properly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.

There is a natural recovery period for any human being when exposed to something traumatic. For example, a sudden gunshot may make some people just jump, while others may experience a significant heart rate increase. Some people recover from a traumatic incident relatively quickly, while others struggle for an extended period time, while others still may never seem to be able to get to the point of full recovery. Depression or severe anxiety can be experienced by those with PTSD and this may last for many months or even years. When PTSD is present in adolescents, it can become a chronic disorder. However, PTSD in teens is treatable.

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Symptoms of PTSD

Symptoms of PTSD in teens are almost identical to those in adults with PTSD. Symptoms do not necessarily appear immediately after the event and may take a month or more to show.

Symptoms of PTSD in teens are:

  • Avoidance of people, places or activities that remind the person of the traumatic event that they experienced;
  • increased arousal including inability to sleep, difficulty concentrating, easy agitation and anger; and
  • flashbacks, nightmares and recollections of the traumatic event.

The symptoms will also vary according to the level, intensity and time exposed to the traumatic event or events. For example, a rape victim may take longer to recover than one involved in a car crash.

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Teen PTSD can be treated and many cases have close to 100% success. The primary path of treatment for PTSD is a course of therapy. The initial focus of treatment is to ascertain the details of and the reasons behind PTSD in the patient. Diagnosis sooner rather than later is always recommended. Antidepressant medication can be prescribed to help calm or relax the patient. A combination of medical treatment and group and individual therapy will generally produce the best outcome for your teenager. Treatment may vary from person to person depending on the type of traumatic event, each one requiring a different course of therapy and a different approach to recovery.

Beachside Treatment Center and Teen PTSD

Beachside Treatment Center has a qualified and experienced team of professionals to properly and fully evaluate and treat teenagers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. As a specialist mental health facility, Beachside Treatment Center provides individualized programs designed specifically for teenagers, delivered in a calm and relaxed atmosphere. The Beachside Treatment Center team treats each case individually to ensure the very best results. The center has seen a 100% recovery from PTSD in many teenagers following evaluation and treatment.

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