Children Who Survive Urban Warfare Suffer from PTSD, Too

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San Francisco Chronicle

Eleven-year-old Terra Turner’s 18-year-old brother was shot and killed on a San Francisco street last summer. As the months passed, the sixth-grader’s grades slipped and her temper often flared – signs and symptoms of trauma-related stress that Terra’s principal says she sees in many of her students, along with poor test scores, belligerence and an inability to pay attention.

This multimedia series examines how repeated exposure to community violence leads to the development in children of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Experts note that the disorder in children often resembles (and is sometimes misdiagnosed as) attention deficit disorder. Studies estimate that as many as one-third of children living in the nation’s urban neighborhoods have PTSD. Aug. 26,