Clinical reports suggest that elementary school-aged children may not experience visual flashbacks or amnesia for aspects of the trauma. However, they do experience "time skew" and "omen formation," which are not typically seen in adults. Time skew refers to a child mis-sequencing trauma related events when recalling the memory. Omen formation is a belief that there were warning signs that predicted the trauma. As a result, children often believe that if they are alert enough, they will recognize warning signs and avoid future traumas.
Source: Veterans Administration: National Center for PTSD PTSD in Children and Adolescents
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Strategies for parents to cope with children's anxiety and improve well-being at home and school.
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Net Links
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Elsewhere on the Web:
Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
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