Introduction

A child with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder develops symptoms such as intense fear, disorganized and agitated behavior, emotional numbness, anxiety or depression, after being directly exposed to or witnessing an extreme traumatic situation involving threatened death or serious injury, or hearing about such an event involving a family member. Victims of repeated abuse or children who live in violent environments or war zones may experience PTSD. Treatment includes community and family support and psychotherapy.