I have noticed a continuing pattern of adults with PTSD, being very supportive of other adults with PTSD, but when it comes to posts about children with PTSD, failing to be anywhere near as supportive.
In fact, I have noticed an overwhelming failure by society at large to care about children, in many ways. Perfect example….. it’s okay to hit your children and call it ‘discipline’, but hit an adult family member and that’s domestic violence. Bizarre thinking. Totally hypocritical.
Adults are far more willing to care about how adults feel…. and often far less concerned about how children feel.
When it comes to trauma and abuse, many within the PTSD advocacy field, care a lot less about children who have suffered trauma and have PTSD, than adults.
Which is so wrong, because children suffer more due to their lack of coping skills, immature brain development and when their caregivers are involved/complicit or neglectful, the trauma is far worse. It doesn’t take much empathy to realise feeling such deep fear, and enduring such trauma to cause PTSD, as a child, is worse.
And I do know this, because I have endured both severe child and severe adult trauma.
So, even though few others are posting about child trauma/child PTSD…. I will. I care about children/teenagers who have already endured profound fear and trauma so young.
But, I can guarantee the posts least shared by others with PTSD, will be those about children with PTSD.