Mirambika Crisis – How to help our children deal with the 14/4 trauma?

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A traumatic event is an experience that causes physical, emotional, psychological distress or harm. The events of 14 April were traumatic to children because the sudden disappearance of their school threatened their sense of the safety and stability of their world. It can cause them to lose trust in adults. If the adults children trusted in their lives were not able to prevent this traumatic event and loss, they may reason “who can?” and decide that nobody can.

Here are some of the reactions displayed by children and adolescents who have been exposed to traumatic events: shock and disbelief, the development of new fears, anxiety which might include an increased need for physical and emotional closeness, separation anxiety (particularly in young children), regression (bedwetting), loss of appetite, sleep disturbances, nightmares, sadness, loss of interest in normal activities, reduced concentration, anger, somatic complaints (eg: headaches and stomachaches), irritability, and feeling helpless…

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