Within our society, the primary role of a guardian is to ensure proper protection of their children, so that one day they may become our future CEO’s, presidents, influentialists, and the like. However, children may encounter traumatic events that occur outside of the guardian’s control. Such traumatic events can lead to the development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Children with PTSD can potentially develop further psychological disorders such as depression, functional impairment, and social withdrawal, which deeply affect adolescent mental health. Children suffering with these mental disorders are not treated properly due to the lack of peer to peer therapy, the separation of the child from their guardian throughout recovery process, and their inability to change the environmental adversities.
PTSD is a mental disorder that comes from suffering from traumatic events. Normally, society has seen it being a war-related disorder. Veterans Healthcare Administration considers PTSD, “medically recognized anxiety disorder that occurs in normal individuals under extremely stressful conditions” (3). Sufferers of PTSD can also be children as traumatic events like natural disasters, abuse, and many other events in which people of any age still struggle to cope with becomes a life-long uphill battle to get over. Even for myself, I suffer from PTSD, and I do not look for sympathy from my audience, but for others to second-handedly understand towards not just the children, but all sufferers of PTSD.
Children who have PTSD can feel alone and no one to relate to. Ann Hazzard talks about a case in which a girl named Tina was sexually abused. Hazzard generalizes Tina’s behavior given by a worksheet that Tina had previously completed by stating, “This exercise [“Who I Told” worksheet] revealed Tina’s reluctance to disclose the abuse to any peers because of concerns about peer rejection; she had also behaviorally withdrawn” (Hazzard 31). Tina’s therapist advises Tina to talk to her best friend about her abuse. As someone who was also sexually abused, talking to a peer who does not understand does not help. For a child to feel socially accepted amongst their peers, the child must realize that they are not alone. The Veterans Healthcare Administration states that, “Among adult Americans, it is estimated that about 10% of women and 5% of men will have PTSD at some point in their lives” (4). It is more productive to acknowledge the fact that the child is not alone in their suffering than it is to sit them down with a peer who has no perspective on the issue. Marc Pickren’s statement agrees, “The exchange of roles and the mutual act of going through a healing process together diversifies and strengthens the experience of counseling immensely” (1).
To give an idea from a child who never had psychotherapy as I kept the secret of being sexually abused from anyone until I was sixteen, having no one friend to talk to about this was one of the most difficult...