Areesha Azam

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Honors Thesis


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not a rare mental disorder that is only found among veterans who’ve seen combat; it is much more common than most people think. PTSD is caused not only by war and violence, but also by animal attacks, medical procedures, natural disasters, sexual abuse, physical abuse, witnessing violence, automobile accidents, airplane crashes, and immigrant and refugee situations. The manifestation of PTSD symptoms may differ depending on the person; some may have insomnia, others may have irritable and angry outbursts, some may experience flashbacks, while others may have amnesia. This thesis is about PTSD in children and how traumatic events lead to this diagnosis in children. It focuses on what the symptoms of PTSD are in children and how those differ from what adults go through. It also encompasses different treatment methods and states which one is the most effective. The most effective method to treating PTSD in children that has the most research behind it is trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy with a play aspect.

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