May 8th is recognized as National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. AETN takes a look at Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in children and youth. Post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after experiencing a life-threatening event. Children and teens can experience extreme reactions to traumatic events such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, disasters, violent crimes or accidents according to the National Institute of Mental Health and the PTSD: National Center for PTSD, U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The first hour features a documentary. Following, a panel of experts discuss what PTSD is, the causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
•Terry Kramer, Ph.D. – Professor and Chief Psychologist, Psychiatric Research Institute at UAMS
•Joshua Cisler, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, Psychiatric Research Institute at UAMS
•Molly Gathright, M.D. – Medical Director of the Child Diagnostic Unit, Psychiatric Research Institute at UAMS
•Frank Vega – Acting Assistant Clinical Director, Division of Behavioral Health Services, Arkansas Department of Human Services
•Megan Holt, LCSW – Director of Clinical Services, The BridgeWay