Not all children or adults exposed to traumatic experiences are affected the same way. Everyone is different, but many of them are able to adapt to and overcome difficult events and situations.
When a traumatic experience overwhelms an individual’s ability to cope, post-traumatic stress reactions occur, which can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When PTSD is left untreated, it is likely to interfere with an individual’s healthy development. This can lead to long-term difficulties with school, relationships, jobs, and the ability to fully participate in a healthy life.
Fortunately, there are proven and effective evidence-based treatments for children and adults experiencing traumatic stress. With the right treatment and support, children and adults can and do recover from traumatic experiences.