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Is Watching Traumatic Events On TV Causing PTSD In Children?

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Bernard Davidson, Family Psychologist at Georgia Regents University says, "It can result in increasing the anxiety of a child, but that's different than saying this is causing PTSD."

Massive hurricanes, school shootings, and tragic bombings…

These are all traumatic events that have lasting effects on kids says a recent health study.

Bernard Davidson, Family Psychologist at Georgia Regents University says, "There is some more solid evidence that a child who's already developed symptoms of PTSD or a child who has a pretty high level of anxiety may seek out and watch more anxious events in the media."

And the symptoms can be severe…

Bernard Davidson, Family Psychologist at Georgia Regents University says, "Painful memories, nightmares, disturbing thoughts, flashbacks in which they actually feel like they're going through the situation now."

Dr. Davidson says to imagine how someone would react to being startled.

Bernard Davidson, Family Psychologist at Georgia Regents University says, "All of us would be somewhat startled if somebody came behind us and clapped their hands. Somebody with PTSD is very likely to jump out of their chair."

If there is a history of anxiety Dr. Davidson says to keep a close eye on your kid.

Bernard Davidson, Family Psychologist at Georgia Regents University says, "A child who's been subjected to multiple traumatic events over a series of time, I would certainly say that they are more likely to encounter new situations in a way that might render them showing symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder."

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