Children, who experienced a severe trauma or were prolonged or repeatedly exposed to traumatic events in the past, can show symptoms and behavioral problems for a long time afterwards. Over time such experiences can affect the development of a child.
Let your child fill out the Trauma-Check to check whether professional advice is recommended (not before at least 1 month has passed since the traumatic event(s)). Studies show that parents tend to underestimate the psychological stress their children experience following traumatic events, compared to their self-reported problems. This applies in particular to thoughts and mood (e.g. whether and how frequent unwanted images are experienced) and emotional problems (e.g. feelings of guilt, shame, etc.). Therefore, have your child fill out the Trauma-Check to get a more accurate assessment of the problems your child might experiences. Afterwards, discuss the result together and involve your child if you are looking for professional advice.
In case your child shows specific symptoms, your child also get tips on how to cope with them.
Information and Tips
Every child reacts differently after being exposed to traumatic events. Common reactions/ symptoms after a traumatic event fall into nine areas: Bad memories/nightmares, Anxiety, Nervousness/hyperactivity, Thinking/mood, Feelings of depersonalization/derealization, Depression/self-esteem, Physical problems, Aggressive/defiant behavior, and Complex problems.
Find out more about these symptoms and how you can support your child to cope with them by clicking the corresponding buttons.
If you are very worried as a parent or if you are advised to seek professional advice after the Trauma-Check, you can use the function Specialist Contacts on the KidTrauma website or app to search for mental health care experts in the field of child and adolescent psychotraumatolgy in your area.
Here you can download helpful brochures and find links to further information.