March 10, 2022
Teenage trauma is currently prevalent in American society. A recent study indicated that 65% of the surveyed teens had experienced at least one traumatic event. And, for parents and caregivers, the effects of teen trauma are shocking to experience. You want to protect your children and ensure their happiness and safety. No parent wants to see their child suffer. If your teen has been suffering trauma in the past, we’re here to help.
When we talk about teenage traumatic stress, we’re referring to a combined emotional and physical response to an event that has caused your teen to feel overwhelmingly terrorized, horrified, and helpless. This might trigger several physiological reactions in the teen, including nausea, dry mouth, heart palpitations, incontinence, and dizziness.
Events that might cause teen trauma include:
However, some distressing events don’t result in traumatic stress, because some teens cope differently with events.
Trauma is divided into two distinct categories: chronic and acute.
Teens react differently to trauma. There’re many ways they experience sorrowful reactions to a traumatic event. A reaction might become unhealthy if the mood or behavior is prolonged and affect your teen’s lifestyle. Some of the signs of psychological and emotional trauma include:
Painful, extreme, and frightening events create natural physiological reactions to self-preservation. This is characterized by heightened emotional and physical responses, ranging from feelings of intense fear to a rapid heart rate. Also, unresolved trauma can progress into Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The body might naturally work through such responses and resume normality in some situations. But, sometimes, the body and mind might continue to react as if the events are repeatedly occurring in response to the trigger or sometimes with no detectable external trigger.
At Teensavers, we understand that trauma in the teenage years should be treated immediately and effectively. So, we conduct a comprehensive assessment to diagnose PTSD and other co-occurring disorders. Therapy produces the most significant outcomes in trauma treatment.
Therapists use various modalities in the healing process. Teens react differently to traumatic events, so therapies are unique, too. The most popular and useful modalities in the treatment of teen trauma and PTSD include;
If something seems out of character, it might be the time to get them assisted. Teensavers is available to help with any questions you might have. Our programs treat substance abuse, teen PTSD, trauma, and other underlying mental health issues. If you’re unsure of what to do about your traumatized teen, give us a call anytime at 714-288-9779.
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