After emergency is over: Post-traumatic stress disorder in children and youth

Emergency Medical Services for Children , Eds.: EMSC, (2019)

After a frightening or distressing experience (any kind of injury, a physical or sexual assault, car crash, fire, or other natural disaster), a child or teen may suffer psychological stress in addition to any physical injuries. When these reactions last for more than a month and are strong enough to affect a child's or teen's everyday functioning, that child may be diagnosed as having Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.


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