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Why Kids Trigger Parents with PTSD and What to Do About It

Why Kids Trigger Parents with PTSD and What to Do About It

Kids can unintentionally trigger parents with PTSD. Why can an child trigger a parent's PTSD? What can you do about it if you're the parent? Learn more here.

Whether or not a person chooses to have kids is highly personal, and the fact that kids can trigger parents with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) doesn’t take away from a person’s ability to be a good parent. Becoming a parent is life-changing–in ways that are both uniquely rewarding and highly stressful. Each of us should be allowed to make that decision individually, regardless of our trauma history. People with PTSD can make wonderful parents, just like anyone else. Something that many people with PTSD may not consider, however, is that once they become parents, their kids could trigger their PTSD.

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Introduction to Elizabeth Brico, Author of ‘Trauma! A PTSD Blog’

Introduction to Elizabeth Brico, Author of ‘Trauma! A PTSD Blog’

Elizabeth Brico, author of "Trauma! A PTSD Blog" talks about her experience with PTSD and the role of support and community in recovery.Hi, my name is Elizabeth Brico and I’m the new author of Trauma! A PTSD Blog. You can also call me Betty if you prefer. I’ve been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for almost a decade. I developed it in response to domestic violence, which occurred when I was a teenager. HealthyPlace has been a long time refuge for me. I’ve enjoyed reading the various blogs and articles, especially those pertaining to PTSD. You can imagine, then, that I’m thrilled to be joining the team as one of the authors of Trauma! A PTSD Blog.

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Living with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder During Pregnancy

Living with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder During Pregnancy

Living with PTSD symptoms during pregnancy can bring additional concerns for the expectant mother. Here are some suggestions for managing PTSD during pregnancy.

Living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during pregnancy can be scary. Pregnancy can be an overwhelming experience for anyone; for women with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), being pregnant can be joyful, stressful, and even frightening. Additionally, there is not much information to be found on how PTSD symptoms can impact pregnancy, leaving many women with more questions than answers (Effects of Psychiatric Medications During Pregnancy). Understanding your diagnosis and maintaining a strong support system can help counter the uncertainties that come about when you’re pregnant and living with PTSD.

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My Parent Has PTSD — A Teenager’s Perspective

My Parent Has PTSD — A Teenager’s Perspective

When a parent experiences posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is important to understand the potential impact this can have on the children, including the possibility of secondary-traumatic stress. While children can have negative reactions when a parent suffers from PTSD, they can also thrive and develop unique strengths (A Parent with PTSD Can Affect the Whole Family). Watch as my oldest son offers his unique perspective on growing up when a parent has PTSD. 

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A Parent with PTSD Can Affect the Whole Family

A Parent with PTSD Can Affect the Whole Family

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) doesn’t only affect the trauma survivor, it affects the whole family–including the children (Can Combat PTSD Get Transmitted to Children From Their Parents?). As a parent with PTSD, I think that it’s easy to get caught up in what having it feels like for me, and it’s easy to forget that it’s also affecting those around me, including my husband and my stepson. My husband also has PTSD, so it’s fairly easy for him to deal with my PTSD symptoms because he has them too. But before I started this post, I really stopped and thought about how it is for my stepson and other children who have parents with PTSD.

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