“They were too young to remember.”
Have you ever heard that because an individual can’t remember a specific traumatic event, it won’t affect them? If so, it’s completely false information. Research over the years has proven that early traumatic events–even the ones you don’t remember because you were so young–can, in fact, affect you later down the road, even to the point of needing PTSD therapy.
Even though a child may not understand what’s happening in that moment, it can definitely cause issues later. These traumatic moments can be anything from abuse to natural disaster to losing a loved one. By assuming these events won’t affect someone because of their age, many young people are being left in the dark with few coping mechanisms for what they’re going through.
This is just one of the many examples of trauma affecting someone in a way many don’t expect.
Impact of trauma can be delayed
Let’s say the night after a traumatic event–a car accident, for example–your teenager sleeps fine. For the next week, they’re absolutely fine; there seems to be no change in behavior and you think everything is back to normal. Then, suddenly, they begin to have nightmares and anxiety attacks–possibly even leading to PTSD therapy.
How could the effects of the actual event be delayed for that long?
A study by the National Centre for Biological Sciences looked specifically into this question. The researchers discovered that just one extremely stressful event can lead to increased activity in the amygdala–nightmares, panic attacks, and more–but not until days later. The amygdala plays a large role in memory, making decisions, and processing emotions; it’s also one of the parts of the brain most connected with PTSD.
Hopefully, this information will lead to further research and possibly improvements in how traumatic events are handled early on. As a program that offers PTSD therapy, we’re familiar with the symptoms and effects of trauma. We also know how important early intervention is. If you believe your daughter is struggling with a mental health issue, it’s critical to reach out to a professional immediately.
Waiting and hoping things will improve usually ends badly, it is much better to reach out for help in deciding whether this issue is cause for alarm.
Solstice East offers PTSD therapy for teen girls
Solstice East is a residential treatment center which offers PTSD therapy for girls, ages 14 to 18. Our girls often grapple with depression, PTSD, low self-esteem, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral problems when they come to us. In our PTSD therapy, we strive to help students develop healthy habits and lead themselves back onto a path of success and happiness through meaningful therapy and a nurturing environment.
For more information about how PTSD therapy at Solstice East can help your daughter, please contact us at 828-484-9946.