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Can a child get over ptsd on their own, or do they need help with therapy and medication?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
4 doctors agree
In brief: A child may have
Overt symptoms of ptsd, other behavioral symptoms &/or developmental regression after having witnessed or experienced acute or chronic trauma.
See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1414752/. Symptoms may emerge or re-emerge as a child tries to process the trauma at later developmental stages, especially if child & family therapy is not instituted within 1-6 months after the trauma.

In brief: A child may have
Overt symptoms of ptsd, other behavioral symptoms &/or developmental regression after having witnessed or experienced acute or chronic trauma.
See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pmc/articles/pmc1414752/. Symptoms may emerge or re-emerge as a child tries to process the trauma at later developmental stages, especially if child & family therapy is not instituted within 1-6 months after the trauma.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Linda Callaghan
The child's behavior will clue you as to whether he needs therapy or not. As a parent you can talk to the child yourself to explore whether the trauma he witnessed or experienced will have negative impact on him. If in doubt, consult a psychiatrist or psychologist who will evaluate his mental status. If nothing else, it will give you peace of mind.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Do best by the child
Children are resilient.
However, it never ceases to amaze me that some children who have undergone horrendous traumas grow to be healthy & happy adults with little or no intervention while others others who have had what is seemingly less trauma become debilitated. Trauma is in the eye of the beholder. It would be in the child's best interest to be offered professional mental health assistance.

In brief: Do best by the child
Children are resilient.
However, it never ceases to amaze me that some children who have undergone horrendous traumas grow to be healthy & happy adults with little or no intervention while others others who have had what is seemingly less trauma become debilitated. Trauma is in the eye of the beholder. It would be in the child's best interest to be offered professional mental health assistance.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes to both
Getting over ptsd by a child "on their own" is probably not "getting over it" but "not getting it".
Children under similar circumstances can go very different ways and it's not easily explained as to why. The severity of ptsd is quite variable. The more severely ill need the most intervention which includes counseling, strong support from family and very often medication or hospital stays.

In brief: Yes to both
Getting over ptsd by a child "on their own" is probably not "getting over it" but "not getting it".
Children under similar circumstances can go very different ways and it's not easily explained as to why. The severity of ptsd is quite variable. The more severely ill need the most intervention which includes counseling, strong support from family and very often medication or hospital stays.
Dr. Donald Hazlett
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Very well said Dr. Hazlett.
Dr. Robert GalatzerLevy
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Probably Yes
Depends on what you mean by ptsd if its the real thing treatment is needed but about 70% of child exposed to very upsetting situations "get over it".
Over those who develop symptoms of stress disorders another 15 % remit within a year. Some forms of premature treatment of stressed kids actually make things worse. See george bannano's book "the other side of sadness.".

In brief: Probably Yes
Depends on what you mean by ptsd if its the real thing treatment is needed but about 70% of child exposed to very upsetting situations "get over it".
Over those who develop symptoms of stress disorders another 15 % remit within a year. Some forms of premature treatment of stressed kids actually make things worse. See george bannano's book "the other side of sadness.".
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