Ohio Medical Malpractice: Signs and Symptoms of Children Facing PTSD from the Aftermath April 17, 2012.

The emotional effects of medical malpractice can be overwhelming and even cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These feelings can be magnified if the accident involved a child. Children deal with anxiety after a traumatic experience in different ways, and it is important for parents and caregivers to be aware of the symptoms.

Symptoms of PTSD in Children

  • Sudden and drastic changes in personality, behavior or mood swings;
  • Experiencing overwhelming fear out of nowhere;
  • Displaying unusual, out-of-control behavior that can include fits of rage, manic activity such as pacing or talking to oneself, and intense crying episodes;
  • Loss of appetite;
  • Feelings of worry that affect daily activities, like socializing with friends, sports and school work;
  • Trouble concentrating and staying on task for school assignments or social activities; and
  • Use of drugs and/or alcohol.

There are many psychologists and counselors who specialize in therapy and treatment for younger patients dealing with PTSD after facing the consequences of medical malpractice or other types of traumatic events. Group sessions, play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication are all popular treatments for PTSD and anxiety in children. If your child is experiencing this condition after an injury or illness caused by a negligent healthcare professional, a medical malpractice attorney can assess your case and see if you have a claim worth pursuing.