Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), like many mental illnesses, is misunderstood. Myths abound concerning adults suffering from the disorder. But they pale compared to the misconceptions about children living with PTSD.
Five Myths about Children with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
In the second post in my Friendship Circle of Michigan series about PTSD in children,(click here to read the first post in the series, Confessions of a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Advocate) five common myths and misconceptions about post-traumatic stress in children are debunked. The five myths are:
- Only soldiers get PTSD.
- It’s not PTSD. It’s bad parenting.
- Kids don’t remember what happened to them as babies.
- Newborns don’t feel pain.
- A fetus can’t experience trauma.
Since it wouldn’t be kind to publish the entire article here, considering how the Friendship Circle folks promote their guest bloggers, please surf on over to their website to read 5 Myths and Misconceptions about Children and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in its entirety. Maybe this would be a good time to issue a tissue warning, as some of the information in the article is pretty grim. Even shocking.
More to Come about PTSD in Children
But don’t despair. In the months to come, the Friendship Circle series about post-traumatic stress disorder in children will shed much hopeful light on this misunderstood topic. This is a highly treatable disorder, and that’s not a myth. Both my son and son-in-law went through successful treatment at the Intensive Trauma Therapy Clinic in Morgantown, West Virginia. More on that and other effective treatment methods in future posts in the series. And I promise to let you know when each one goes live.
I also promise to let you know when a publisher offers a contract for my proposed book about PTSD in children. Until that happens, keep sending your questions about PTSD and resource recommendations. Your comments, expertise, and experiences are so appreciated!