Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


by Belinda Kendall

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after you have gone through an extreme emotional trauma that involved the threat of injury or death.

This is a term we have lately use when speaking of the Honorable Men and Women in the Military. But have you ever though that this same disorder could be related to children that act out in school and easily fight.

When you think about the home life of SOME children and what they have seen or go through at home. SOME children live in neighborhoods/homes when they have seen dead bodies, a parent being abused, crimes being committed at the home, or have been verbally/physically abused. Sadly, in some cases, children have even been sexually abused or watched a family member having this done in front of them.

We can so quickly write their behavior off as them just being bad, when in so many cases it can be so much deeper. A typical weekend at my house consists of late breakfast, sleeping in late, shopping, my grandbaby coming over to spend the night, and walking around in our PJs watching TV, reading a book, and cleaning up. Yet there are some children weekends can play out life a Life Time Movie, so when they return to school you expect them to act normal, when nothing that weekend or evening before is no where near normal.

So if you work with children in the school system or other programs don’t be so quick to write off their behavior as them just being bad, try to find out what is really going on at home/neighborhood . It may surprise you. Which may cause you to treat them differently. Know where your students live, and watch the News more carefully to see if the events that were on the News were in the same area where your students live, and deal with it accordingly.


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