The month of June is PTSD Awareness Month and Arizona’s Children Association (AzCA) is thankful to have the opportunity to spread awareness about PTSD.
PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is a mental health disorder that typically occurs after experiencing a traumatizing event.
All ages, even children younger than six, can experience exposure to actual trauma. Trauma can include physical or sexual harm, death threats, witnessing horrific events, seeing loved ones harmed/abused, psychological neglect and abuse. These events can initiate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). After experiencing trauma, you may experience sadness or irritability, flashbacks or memories, feeling on edge, experience trouble sleeping and more. These experiences turn in to PTSD when they continue for a longer length of time or come and go throughout your life.
At AzCA, our staff provides services and care for children with a high prevalence of PTSD. Our strength-based services assist families in improving the child’s social-emotional well-being and guiding them, and their families that have been impacted by trauma, on a journey of healing. Our programs provide support and therapeutic intervention for children and their families to address current needs and strengthen the family unit. You can read more about Youth and Mental Health from Dr. Audi, AzCA’s Medical Director, who recently authored an article for Arizona Foothills Magazine.
If your child needs help with recovering from trauma, learn more about the behavioral health services offered at Arizona’s Children Association.