Child Abuse in America
According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, some of the particular symptoms of child PTSD include:
1. Frequent memories and/or talk of the traumatic event(s)
2. Bad dreams
3. Repeated physical or emotional symptoms whenever the child is confronted with the event
4. Fear of dying
5. Loss of interest in activities
6. Regular physical complaints such as headaches or stomachaches
7. Extreme emotional reactions
8. Trouble sleeping
9. Irritability, anger, violence
10. Difficulty concentrating
In addition to harming the immediate well being of the child, maltreatment and extreme stress during childhood can impair early brain development and metabolic and immune system function, leading to chronic health problems. As a consequence, abused children are at increased risk for a wide range of physical health conditions including obesity, heart disease, and cancer, as well as psychiatric conditions such as depression, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse, high-risk behaviors and violence. They are also more susceptible to developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) a severe and debilitating stress-related psychiatric disorder-after experiencing other types of trauma later in life.
Dr. Jon Connelly is the founder and developer of Rapid Resolution Therapy, a revolutionary approach to emotional and behavioral difficulties.
The Childhood Abuse and Trauma Foundation, in cooperation with our parent organization Crisis Relief Network, provides free therapy services to survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. Services are provided directly or through a certified Rapid Resolution therapist.
Rapid Resolution Therapy eliminates the negative emotional or behavioral influence of traumatic events, whether these experiences are remembered, repressed or forgotten. It is not necessary to relive past events or experience any pain. The mind is cleared, organized and optimized.
Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States. The United States has the worst record of all industrialized nations.
Childhood Abuse and Trauma Foundation