Emotions play a critical role in one's physical health. Whatever effects the mind, impacts body and vice versa. Any problem with the mental health is not only a precursor to some psychiatric conditions like anxiety disorders and depression but can also be a root cause of numerous physical ailments like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hypertension and diabetes.
Children who are victims of violence, harm or injury are at a high risk of developing a wide range of mental health issues. Such children often re-experience their trauma in the form of bad memories, nightmares, flashbacks or frightening thoughts, especially when in proximity to similar objects or events that remind them of the calamity. Known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the mental illness usually occurs during the first few weeks after the traumatic event, but at times it takes years to show the initial symptoms.
The menace of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was brought to the public attention by war veterans in the United States. It is a mental disorder that generally develops after a traumatic ordeal involving physical harm or the threat of danger. Therefore, it is quite common among people suffering from this condition to witness a range of symptoms, such as flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, excessive negative thinking, etc.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was once thought to impact only adults, specifically war veterans. However, even young children can display the symptoms of PTSD for reasons as simple as death of a pet and as complex as sibling rivalry, bullying at school and home, parental neglect, etc.