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Traumatic events impact children in the long term

Traumatic events affect children for many years into the future. When your child suffered injuries in a car crash, you thought that he was fine, but over time, you have noticed that he isn't acting normally. Your child has become more withdrawn and sometimes acts out at school. While that might be attributed to him being a growing boy, it could also be a sign that he's not recovering well from the traumatic event.

Children aren't always good at verbalizing how they feel, so they can only act out in expectation of a response. Kids might become overly attentive to your needs or become defiant just because they don't know how to express themselves. They can't regulate their moods well, so that could result in outbursts or unexpected behaviors.

The good news is that kids are resilient. With therapy, medical advice and patience, it's possible to help your child get over a traumatic incident. At the same time, if your child is dealing with life-changing disabilities or injuries, you can continue physical therapy or medical treatments to continue helping them improve. By spending time with your child and giving them unbridled support, you're encouraging them to become more positive and to keep fighting for a better life.

No child should have to go through a serious injury, but far too many do. If your child has suffered an injury, remember that the psychological effects need treatment as well. The at-fault party should be required to compensate you in a way that allows you to obtain psychotherapy and other assistance for your child. Our site has more information on what you can do to help your child.

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