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Angels Of The Night.Warriors For Children Everywhere.

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In the aftermath of the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, some Inland Empire residents may be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and not even know it.

According to Barbara Hernandez, PhD, MFT, director of physician vitality at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, approximately 30 percent of people who survive a human-caused tragedy such as terrorism will develop PTSD.

  1. PTSD reveals itself in different ways

Adults with PTSD often experience one or more recurrent symptoms:

  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Emotional numbness
  • Avoidance of reminders of the event
  • Feelings of panic or anxiety
  • Hypervigilance

“If they are prone to any kind of substance abuse or addictive behaviors,” Hernandez says, “those activities may increase. People who don’t know how to cope with stress try to avoid feeling it so acutely.”

  1. Children respond differently than adults

Children’s responses differ from adults. Kids respond to trauma by:

  • Becoming moody
  • Acting out
  • Becoming clingy or dependent
  • Sleep disturbances

“Young children don’t have flashbacks,” Hernandez reports, “but they’ll kind of drift off in daydreams or become preoccupied. They’ll play grim, repetitive, joyless kinds of games that reflect the trauma in an attempt to gain mastery over the harm they experienced.”

  1. People with PTSD often don’t want to talk about it

People may choose not to talk about their trauma because:

  • They don’t want to relive the experience
  • They don’t want to be questioned about how they responded
  • They think no one understands
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