Research Study: Community Violence May Lead To PTSD In Children

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photo credit: gemsling Article Highlights: Children exposed to community violence were found to have high levels of stress hormones. The development of PTSD in children can lead to emotional and behavioral problems. Study calls for more investigations into the link between exposure to violence and increased stress in children. To read the full article click on the image above.

What is PTSD?

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PTSD is an acronym for Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder. If you are reading this post then you probably already know this, but clarification is always good. The name of this mental condition pretty much says it all - it is acute stress after something terrible has occurred and causes the sufferer to relive or maladjust to the terrible event. In other words, something really jacked up happened and you can't get over it. But it's more than that, it causes symptoms that range from frightening thoughts and nightmares to feeling emotionally numb