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Development of Functional Symptoms in Children Exposed to Traumatic Events

Paula A. Madrid; Robert K. Kanter

Title:
Development of Functional Symptoms in Children Exposed to Traumatic Events
Author(s):
Madrid, Paula A.
Kanter, Robert K.
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
National Center for Disaster Preparedness
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Book/Journal Title:
Functional Symptoms in Pediatric Disease
Book Author:
Anbar, Ran D.
Publisher:
Springer
Abstract:
This chapter will review the typical symptoms occurring in children after stressful traumatic exposures. Unlike other chapters in this book, no specific organ system is the most likely focus of functional symptoms in this setting. Psychological distress may exacerbate symptoms of physical illness and injury associated with the traumatic events, may be expressed as almost any seemingly unrelated symptom, may intensify the age appropriate fears typical of any child, or may predominantly be exhibited behaviorally. In most nonsevere cases, the impact is self-limited and the individual’s functioning will be back to normal within days or weeks. We will suggest simple behavioral and environmental interventions intended to help relieve children’s distress. However, when large populations are affected and individuals suffer severe loss such as in a mass casualty disaster, the scale of events requires community-wide efforts to meet the needs of children and their families. The fact that some children are more psychosocially vulnerable than others will be discussed. The chapter will conclude by highlighting warning signs warranting professional mental health care.
Subject(s):
Psychology
Publisher DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-8074-8
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Suggested Citation:
Paula A. Madrid, Robert K. Kanter, , Development of Functional Symptoms in Children Exposed to Traumatic Events, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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