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POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a condition from which nearly 10 of Americans suffer It unlike other afflictions is associated with a wide variety of circumstances Many war veterans suffer from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder However a new group of people are quickly emerging as common suffers of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder-sexually abused children Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a prevalent problem associated with children who are victims of sexual assault Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is classified as an anxiety disorder under the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Disorders DSM-III The diagnoses for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder was not formally diagnosed as part of DSM-III until 1980 According to Famolaro the diagnoses of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder requires a experience of a significant traumatic events b re-experiencing of the trauma in one of several different thought emotional or behavioral forms d persistent symptoms of increased arousal Particularly when exposedto stimuli concretely or symbolically reminiscent of the trauma e symptoms lasting at least one month Famolaro Maternal and Child Posttraumatic 28 Children are now becoming realized as significant sufferers of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is particularly bad for children under the age of 11 because they lack many of the skills needed to protect themselves Furthermore this vulnerability is enhanced when the child is exposed to any maltreatment According to recent studies Posttraumatic Stress Disorder is a common sequella of severe or chronic maltreatment of children particularly among sexually maltreated children Famularo Symptom Differences 28 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can be caused if the child is exposed to just one traumatic episode rape witnessing a violent crime physical abuse However the child will become more susceptible to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder if the maltreatment continues Moreover a child is most likely to suffer from symptoms associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder when sexual assault is involved28 Because children have not yet developed cognitively emotionally and are very immature
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