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It is believed that nearly 40% of all children of a parent who struggles with PTSD will develop Secondary PTSD or STS (Secondary Traumatic Stress). These children experience the some of the same symptoms as there parents. Much of the changes in behavior comes from an attempt reconnect with the parent by reenacting what they see. They develop the hyper awareness, anger, and even flashbacks that their parents have as a lasting wound of trauma. It is also common for parents with PTSD to avoid the ones that they love, leaving children with a sense that they are unloved or unwanted. These children tend to have significantly lower grades and social anxiety at school.
So what do I do if a loved one has PTSDDon't be afraid to talk with the children about it.Use the home as a safe place to discuss how certain behaviors make them feel. If their parent is receiving treatment be as honest as possible, don't be afraid to say that mom or dad is sick.
If the child needs help GET IT! Don't be afraid to get professional help, it may save your child from lifelong injury.