How Children May React to PTSD and How to Help

Tim Miley
Injury Lawyer, Author, & Owner of The Miley Legal Group

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological ailment that may affect individuals after a particularly stressful, dangerous or traumatizing incident. Children who experience this condition may present certain symptoms of which parents should look out for if the child has been involved in an incident like a dog bite.

What are the symptoms of PTSD in children and teens?

Some symptoms of PTSD include:

  • trouble concentrating in school or getting into fights with other children;
  • reenacting the traumatizing event;
  • wetting the bed or general sleeping problems, including nightmares;
  • behaving younger than they are or reverting to childish comforts (sucking thumb, being clingy, etc.); and
  • loss of interest in playing or other entertainment that was previously enjoyable.

Symptoms can be present shortly after an accident or dog bite, or could take weeks or months to show up. After a traumatizing event such as a dog bite, it is important to get your child not only the physical medical attention they need, but also psychological.

Consulting with a mental healthcare professional is often recommended for children who exhibit signs of PTSD so the condition can be diagnosed and the proper course of treatment can be discussed. PTSD treatments for adults may not be suitable for children in some cases, so contacting a mental health professional who specializes in children should be the first course of action to take if a child may be suffering from PTSD.

Contact a Clarksburg Dog Bite Lawyer

Unfortunately, children are often the victims of dog bites or attacks and the effects may last for years. This is why it is important to seek the help of a legal team who understands the complexities of cases involving dog bites and attacks and PTSD, and can account for long-term effects of the accident when filing a dog bite claim.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog in West Virginia, contact The Miley Legal Group to setup an appointment with a dog bite lawyer – 304-326-1800.

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