Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can result in panic, anxiety, disorientation, fear and all the psycho-physical feelings associated with the traumatic memory.
The following behaviours may be indicators that a child or adult may benefit from professional help:
- Sudden and pronounced change in behaviour
- Threat of suicide or preoccupation with suicide, evidenced through artwork or writing
- Harmful acts to other children or animals
- Extreme confusion or incoherence
- Evidence of substance abuse - drugs, alcohol etc.
- Sudden change of grades
- Avoidance or abandonment of friends
- Angry or tearful outbursts
- Self-destructive behaviour
- Inability to eat or sleep
- Overly-concerned with own health or health of a loved one
- Giving away important possessions
- Sudden unexplained improvement in behaviour of schoolwork
- Depression, isolation or withdrawal