New Test Spots Risk for PTSD in Injured Kids

Experts say early recognition crucial for avoiding later psychological, behavior problems

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"But clinicians now recognize and accept the problem," Elliot added. "And if we know which kids are likely to have an issue, then we can focus our intervention. ...There's no question that it's easier to work with a child shortly after he has been traumatized to prevent PTSD than to deal with PTSD once it's already been established."

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For more on children and PTSD, visit the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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