If a child is bullied or bullied, it can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder.
For years, PTSD was thought to be something only veterans experienced. It is currently known that any traumatic event can cause PTSD, including domestic violence or bullying. In fact, bullying has a lasting impact on victims. They often experience anxiety, fear, nightmares, insomnia, depression, and many other symptoms. And because victims often feel vulnerable, powerless, and unable to defend themselves, bullying can also lead to stress-related conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
There is a direct link between bullying and PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder that occurs after suffering trauma such as bullying. Although any type of stress can lead to PTSD, it usually involves a direct personal experience in which the victim felt threatened, was hurt, or saw threats such as someone being injured or killed.
The stress of bullying does not end when it ends, but post-traumatic stress disorder can appear in a person’s life long after the bullying has ended.
PTSD IN CHILDREN
While the symptoms of PTSD are similar in adults and children, there are some things that are different. These differences are worth noting, especially if you think your child may have PTSD. Recognize this disorder depending on the age of your child.
From 5 to 12 years
Children often do not have flashbacks or trouble remembering parts of the trauma or bullying, as adults with PTSD often do. But, they could put the bullying events in the wrong order. Children might also believe that there were signs that bullying was going to happen. As a result, they believe that by paying attention they can prevent future bullying problems. This belief can cause hyper vigilance and constant stress.
Sometimes children will show signs of PTSD in their play. For example, they could keep repeating a part of the trauma over and over as they play. While they may be playing this game to try to overcome or make sense of what they experienced, they will not be successful in alleviating their distress. Unfortunately, this type of game will rarely lessen your worries. Children can also fit parts of the trauma into their daily lives. For example, a child may bring a knife to school to protect himself, especially if a bully previously threatened to harm him.
12 to 18 years old
As adolescents approach adulthood, some of the symptoms of PTSD at this age begin to resemble those of adults. For example, they may have upsetting thoughts or memories, recurring nightmares, flashbacks, and strong feelings of distress when reminded of the event.
The only difference is that teens are more likely than younger children or adults to display impulsive and aggressive behaviors. Although children are filled with thoughts of painful experiences, this does not mean that they are easily observable. In fact, children often suffer in silence.
In addition to PTSD, children and adolescents often experience other effects of bullying, such as fear, worry, sadness, anger, loneliness, low self-esteem, inability to trust others, depression, and sometimes even may having suicidal thoughts It is necessary to recognize the signs to know if your child is being bullied at school,especially since there are children who do not tell their parents anything out of fear. Any strange behavior in your child or unusual in him, you should assess it and talk with his teachers to see if everything is going well. Early intervention in a bullying situation is the best way to reduce the likelihood of long-term consequences. If your child has PTSD, you should take him to the doctor for an assessment by a mental health professional.
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.