Children’s Recovery From Trauma Difficult But Possible

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There’s no questioning the horrific nature of the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Sadly, the events of the shooting are likely to continue to plague the victims for weeks, months, or even years.

Victims of trauma, such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, find themselves planning for another traumatic event each time they find themselves in public. They find exits and make an escape plan. They have difficulty relaxing and often have trouble eating and sleeping. Anxiety can lead to substance abuse. In a very real sense, the victim’s nightmare is only just beginning on the day of the trauma.

There is good news, however. A 2007 study revealed that children rarely develop PTSD after witnessing a traumatic event. The road to recovery is a long and difficult one, but thankfully, a young brain is often able to overcome a lot.

Be sure to read more about children recovering from trauma by checking out this New York Times article, which highlights a Columbine victim’s own recovery.

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