We are all very familiar with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome as it relates to combat veterans returning home. Now, England’s National Health Service is reporting that children who view terror attacks on social media could be at risk of PTSD.
The Telegraph reports that children with pre-existing mental illnesses could be “destabilized” after repeatedly viewing these attacks. Symptoms could include flashbacks, agitation, nightmares, palpitations and breathing difficulties. The NHS reports that some will suffer from low self-esteem, self blame, thinking that they are a bad person or deserve bad things to happen to them, feeling unsafe or showing less trust in other people.
Dr. Sandeep Ranote, with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, says “Children will inevitably learn about incidents through news and social media so it is best to be open with them.”
Research indicates that parents who maintain an open line of communication with their children where very few subjects are considered taboo help to prepare them when they confront the reality of what can be, at times, a tumultuous world.
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