Childhood PTSD 

The Hidden Mental Illness Struggle

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Childhood PTSD

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What is Childhood Trauma?

Childhood trauma is often one of the most complex issues that we treat at South Coast Community Services. Understanding your trauma and childhood experiences, and then understanding your healing options are critically important, not just for your mental health but also for your physical health. Childhood trauma can stem from divorce, abuse, serious accidents, witnessing drug or alcohol abuse, or suffering physical abuse. Our goal is to uncover the trauma in a clinical process that helps you heal. Our teams are trained in trauma-informed care techniques and strategies. We can help.

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Symptoms of
Childhood PTSD

  • The person relives the event over and over again
  • Nightmares
  • Problems sleeping
  • Constantly looking for potential threats
  • Easily startled
  • Lack of positive emotions
  • Intense ongoing fear and sadness
  • Irritability
  • Angry outbursts
  • And More

The Reality of PTSD From Childhood Trauma

Many children have been exposed to a traumatic event of some kind, and while most of them experience a level of distress afterward, the majority are able to return to their previous state of functionality with relative ease. In short, some kids will be far less affected than others. In fact, only 3% to 15 % of girls develop PTSD after childhood trauma, with boys ringing in at an even lower 1% to 6%. However, for those who do develop PTSD afterward, their lives are not the same again. Children who develop the ailment will find themselves often reliving the trauma in their minds and may find that many different things remind them of the trauma and trigger a similar response to the trauma they experienced.

At times, this is manifested through the children believing that they could have done something to prevent the traumatic event. They might even begin to believe that they missed the warning signs that would have predicted the event. This creates behaviors where they are hyper vigilant in order to prevent future traumas from happening. They may choose any number of tactics such as anger, anxiety and even fear when trying to address this issue.

How It Works

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Request an appointment by filling out the
online registration form or by calling our
care support line at (877) 527-7227

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Your care coordinator will then match you with
a provider who is uniquely qualified to treat
you, and schedule your first appointment.

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Then it’s time to meet with your behavioral
health specialist in person or via video.

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If applicable, your provider will schedule
follow up appointment/s.