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Post-traumatic distress in children

post-traumatic; trauma; post; traumatic; stress; ;

When children are faced with a very frightening situation they may become very distressed, cry and shake with fear. They may 'shut down', go into 'shock' and not respond to people around them for a while. Usually when the danger passes, there is a slow return to normal, but sometimes children go on being distressed and frightened. They may 'see' what happened over and over again, and want to avoid anything that reminds them of what happened.

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