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Do children react differently than adults?

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Summary:

Children and teens can have extreme reactions to trauma, but their symptoms may not be the same as adults.

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Children and teens can have extreme reactions to trauma, but their symptoms may not be the same as adults. In very young children, these symptoms can include:

Bedwetting, after having been toilet-trained

Forgetting how or being unable to talk

Acting out the scary event during playtime

Being unusually clingy with a parent or other adult.

Older children and teens usually show symptoms more like those seen in adults. They may also develop disruptive, disrespectful or destructive behaviors. Older children and teens may feel guilty for not preventing injury or deaths. They may also have thoughts of revenge.

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