There has long been an awareness that childhood trauma can have a profound impact on the emotional, cognitive, behavioural, social and physical functioning of children. However, it has only recently been recognized that children may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as an immediate or delayed aftermath of severe trauma. As the incidence of violence in our society continues to rise, it seems probable that the prevalence of PTSD in youth populations will also rise. This article reviews the current state of knowledge about PTSD in children and adolescents. (C) 2000 by LibraPharm Limited.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder