Child Abuse Survivors: PTSD Recovery

Help for Troubled Teens with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

"As I've worked with teens who as young children were physically abused, it's broken my heart. It's hard to know that in their most innocent years they never enjoyed the peace, the safety, and the love that my children enjoy. I've learned to see through the symptoms of a past that has not yet released them. I can't return what was taken from them, but I can give them something new. I can help them discover a better world within themselves." -- Michael Behning.
Are you an adult trying to help, understand, or even tolerate a troubled teen who struggles with PTSD or other issues as a result of child abuse? Within that teenager is a child who may need to be free of nightmares that won't fade. We're here to help the parents, families, and friends of these teens. On the right we have compiled options that are free and inexpensive, as well as those that would require a substantial investment in the future of your child. Regardless of your financial situation you should be able to find help for your teen.

Is your teen struggling with issues or symptoms associated with child abuse and PTSD? Is your family struggling? Does your child exhibit any of the following behaviors? Follow the Steps on the right.

    Has your Teenager Struggled with the following symptoms?

  • Avoiding thoughts, feelings, activites, places, or people associated with, or that remind him/her of past abuse
  • Memory loss of events associated with past abuse
  • Loss of interest in activities, and in life in general
  • Feeling separated, detached, or estranged from others
  • Feeling emotionally numb, especially toward loved ones
  • Experiences a sense that "all is for naught" (they donít expect to live long, get married, have a career)
  • Difficulty falling or remaining asleep
  • Irritability or angry outbursts
  • Difficulty maintaining concentration
  • Hypervigilance, or being constantly "on guard"
  • An exaggerated startle response (jumpiness)

    Other teen and child PTSD symptoms may include:

  • Fear of being separated from a parent
  • Loss of age-appropriate, previously-acquired skills (such as toilet training)
  • Sleep problems and nightmares they can't remember or describe
  • Somber, compulsive play in which themes of abuse are repeated
  • Fear and anxiety that seems unrelated to the abuse (such as a fear of monsters)
  • Acting out abuse through play, stories, or drawings
  • Aches and pains that have no apparent cause
  • Irritability and aggression

Teens who survived child abuse at a younger age often carry not only its scars, but its emotions, its memories, and the very real sense that the trauma has not disappeared. Instead the pain and fear repeats itself, triggered over and over again. Unresolved, emotional pain can remain fresh, terrifying, and bitter. Behavioral problems may evolve. Without resolution the child that was wounded is still left alone. That child needs you.

Get Troubled Teen Solutions Now

If your teenager or loved one is struggling with the long-term effects of child abuse, especially if this struggle includes the symptoms and issues mentioned above, get teen help now. From free services to complete intervention, many resources for help with PTSD are provided through the Steps found on this page (teen help, above right).*

Teen Child Abuse Survivor: Is PTSD Treatment Necessary?

It's a question that's hard to answer. Does your teen truly struggle with PTSD? We would suggest consulting with a therapist to determine if your child truly is being hobbled by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If PTSD is a problem then you will want to closely consider the opinions and interventions of the professionals with whom you've consulted.

Why?

The earlier the treatment, the better. Remember PTSD reflects an emotional process wherein your teen may relive some of the worst moments of his or her life. How long should this go on without there being help? More importantly, untreated, it's possible that the symptoms and issues associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder will get worse. Discovring what treatments may help, who can be consulted for that help, and learning what questions you should ask, as early as possible, will empower you to help this young person.

Also, you may not even realize that the the symptoms of PTSD can actully change the dynamics of your family life. Although the original abuser may not even be present any longer, the symptoms of his/her abuse remain. You may see your child pull away from you others, and remain emotionally distant. If these and other symptoms of PTSD exist they are, at this moment, effecting how you interact with one another within the walls of your home.

Child abuse and PTSD are like echoes from the past that won't go away. And although it is easy to see the emotional impact of this disorder, you may not realize that it is or may be effecting the physical health of the victim. You see, PTSD has actually been shown aggravate physical health issues such as heart problems.

If someone you love was abused as a child, and is now struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, then perhaps you're the one who can help make the echoes go away, and bring relief to a troubled heart and mind. Do your research. Get help as quickly as possible.

Thousands of families throughout the country have turned to specialized schools - residential treatment centers - to help their children with the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related behavioral issues. Their motivation is to help these children and experience not only therapeutic but social healing. Most of these schools are meant to help, rather than to punish teens. They provide 24x7 supervision, guidance, and support. It is important for you to understand that such schools are distinguished among residential treatment centers as non-punitive, rather than oppressive residential programs that work with students who are a danger to themselves or others.

Nonetheless, in the treatment industry there are many schools that DO NOT provide a high standard of care, not to mention effective academics for students with PTSD. Worse, many mingle students with serious behavioral issues with those who are in need of therapeutic support, shaping, and other non-aggressive behavioral support. Imagine subjecting a teen who was traumatized by a violent individual as a child to groups of violent individuals, and even over-aggressive staff members. Such schools are avoided by InsightPros. Instead, we suggest a careful, intentional process in seeking help for any teen struggling with PTSD, working hand-in-hand with a licensed therapist. A school may be part of the answer. But it might be a mistake. Our services provide access to many professionals, resources, and information that can help you decide if a specialized school, outpatient program, and/or therapy is right for your teen.

But don't forget, regardless of what solutions you seek beyond the walls of your own home, those solutions will eventually need to make their way back into your home. You should seriously consider using The Total Transformation Program® to help make this process successful.

You have made the right choice in seeking help. The next step is to contact us.* We have vast experience in the intervention industry. We have worked in the industry. We have lived in the industry. We have seen what works ...... and what doesn't. See the Teen Help Options, above right.*

Treatment specialists will guide you. They will inform you. Take advantage of their knowledge and insight. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

For enrollment of a teen in any school with which our specialists are familiar, See Our Teen Help Options, above right.*

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