Posttraumatic stress: Occurring in children?

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — an assortment of psychological symptoms resulting from exposure to a life-threatening situation — is well documented among adults. Now, one study indicates that acute PTSD also occurs in children.

According to the December 1987 Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers in Los Angeles studied 159 school children after a 1984 sniper attack on their elementary school playground killed two people and injured others.

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