At Allegheny Health Network (AHN), we offer world-renowned expertise in evaluating and treating children who have experienced traumatic life events or live with post-traumatic stress disorder. Our Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents (CTCSA) is the only one of its kind in western Pennsylvania. Our innovative clinical treatment approaches and research programs have received national recognition.
If your child has experienced traumatic stress, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, it is common for children and adolescents to live through events that may cause them lasting trauma, stress, and anxiety. Traumatic events may include:
Depending on your child’s age and temperament, they may display a range of trauma symptoms, from separation anxiety to difficulty sleeping to substance abuse.
If you think your child has experienced trauma or traumatic stress, we can help you get to the root of the problem and determine the best treatment approach for your family. Every child experiences traumatic events differently. Symptoms of childhood trauma may include:
In addition to those symptoms, you may notice that your child experiences mood changes, such as sadness, fear, or anxiety related to the trauma. Some children will display behavior problems, such as:
When you contact the CTSCA, an intake coordinator will help you explain the details around your child’s traumatic experiences, including the problems they are experiencing. After that, our coordinator will schedule an appointment for you and your child, or refer you to another physician if necessary.
When you arrive at your appointment, you can expect:
If your child needs help coping with a traumatic event, we can help. Contact the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents directly at (412) 330-4328
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