25 Jun '16, 12pm

Parents with PTSD: Be open with kids — but keep certain details to yourself https://t.co/i9oOTJNa5H

Parents with PTSD: Be open with kids — but keep certain details to yourself https://t.co/i9oOTJNa5H

Be present, watch and listen. Children have a more difficult time sharing their feelings compared to adults. Their verbal skills aren't as well developed, and they can't as easily label how they feel. The most important thing you can do as a parent is listen and watch for signs of distress. For those children who can't express their emotions, be aware that depression may show itself as withdrawal from family and friends. And anger may manifest as aggressive play or increased arguing and disobedience. Pay attention to what they are saying and doing. You will learn a lot. Teach your child about PTSD. There is wisdom in the saying "knowledge is power." Teach your child what PTSD is and is not. Explore any misconceptions they may have about the disorder. But be careful not to use complicated and overly clinical terms in your discussions with them. Talk to them at their level, ...

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