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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day - Recognizing Childhood PTSD

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In recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, we’re discussing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and youth on a special broadcast of our live, call-in program “Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.” on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m.

While many of us are familiar with the term “PTSD,” we often associate this anxiety disorder with adults … particularly veterans. But did you know that children and teens may also develop PTSD after experiencing a life-threatening event?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health and PTSD, the National Center for PTSD and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, children and youths may exhibit extreme reactions that can stem from experiencing traumatic events like sexual abuse, physical abuse, disasters, violent crimes or accidents.

To help you learn more about how this disorder may affect kids or teens in your life, “Healing Minds. Changing Attitudes.” will feature two films, followed by an expert panel discussion. “Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence and Trama” provides firsthand accounts of how victims of violence and trauma were affected as children, and “It’s Okay to Remember,” discusses how children can cope with traumatic grief.

In addition to talking about the causes, symptoms and treatment of PTSD in children and youth, our panel of mental health experts will also be answering your questions! If you know what you’d like to ask now, please email paffairs@aetn.org. During the show, we’ll be available by email or by phone at 1-800-662-2386.


Thursday, May 8, 2014