What does it look like?
Traumatic stress and anxiety in adolescents can look similar to adult stress and anxiety. Teens sometimes share that they are experiencing fear or sadness related to events in their lives. However, at other times they retreat and do not share these feelings with those closest to them. This table provides examples of common symptoms of PTSD in children and adolescents. It is important to ask teens directly about their experiences and to look for signs of changes in behavior.