Cyclone-related PTSD persists in children

Researchers from the Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Service in Brisbane showed that half of the 71 children in the study who had severe to very severe PTSD three months after the 2006 cyclone still had moderate to severe symptoms at 18 months. Only one case of delayed onset PTSD was recorded.

Experiencing evacuation and perceived threats to themselves and parents were significantly associated with PTSD at 18 months.

Among 191 adolescents, 25% with PTSD at three months also had symptoms at 18 months.

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