A parent's PTSD symptoms can be directly linked to their
child's responses. Children can respond in certain ways:
* The "over-identified" child might feel and behave like
their parent as a way of trying to connect with the parent, so
the child might show many of the same symptoms as
the parent with PTSD.
* The "rescuer" child takes on the adult role to fill in
for the parent with PTSD. The child acts too grown-up
for his or her age.
* The "emotionally uninvolved" child gets little emotional help
resulting in problems at school, depression, anxiety (worry, fear),
and relationship problems later in life.
* For more information about Children with parents who suffer from PTSD,
visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair website at:
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