Common severe stress reactions to a traumatic event

Emerging Minds and the University of Queensland, Australia, 2019

Following a traumatic event, children may experience a variety of reactions that can range from mild to severe. It is important for adults to watch for any severe reactions from children as this may indicate that additional help is required.

The following fact sheet describes some of the possible severe reactions that children may demonstrate following exposure to various traumatic events. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the material contained in this guide, the following information is not a substitute for independent professional advice or assessment and is not intended to be used to diagnose mental health difficulties.

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