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a review of the evidence 2006. A new review is expected in 2011- we will update it when this is out.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

People with PTSD continue to be very disturbed by an upsetting event.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Likely to help
Learning and practising new ways of thinking and behaving to make life easier for you and others.
This should look at your specific problems, and should be suitable for your age.
Note! Whilst talking can be helpful, being encouraged to talk to new people in detail about an upsetting event immediately after it has happened (debriefing) if you don’t want to may not be helpful. Medicines have NOT been found to help children and young people directly with PTSD.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Might help

"I feel respected and listened to"
Adam, aged 12
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  • You may have been told you have one or more of the difficulties.
  • You are not alone. Millions of children and young people in the UK have difficulties like these at any one time. 
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  • We are all different; what helps others may not help you.
  • You may need to try more than one thing.
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  • Our knowledge is still growing - check these links for the latest info.
  • There may be other ways of helping not yet tested by scientists that might help you.