Trauma Disorders

Trauma disorders are mental health conditions that are caused by a traumatic experience. Trauma is subjective, but common examples that may trigger a disorder include abuse, neglect, witnessing violence, losing a loved one, or being in a natural disaster. Trauma disorders cause extreme fear, anxiety, depression, outbursts, flashbacks, and other symptoms that can cause significant impairment. Hillside Horizon for Teens can treat trauma disorders and help manage symptoms with specific types of therapy and, if necessary, medication.

Why choose Hillside Horizon for Teens?

Hillside Horizon’s healthcare and clinical professionals are well versed in treating adolescents who struggle with their mental health. Our team is passionate about working together to help families understand the process by pinpointing specific underlying reasons for their child’s struggles, then correctly diagnosing and treating such problems identified as trauma disorders.

The team of professionals who work with your family is committed to a successful outcome and realizes that success takes patience, support, ongoing treatment, and dedication by the family as a whole.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event – by either experiencing or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Most adults who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but they usually get better with time and proper self-care. However, with children, certain traumatic events may cause issues for much longer, so it is crucial to get a child suffering from PTSD the help as soon as possible to avoid further harm to their mental health.

If symptoms of PTSD in your child (or a child you may know) appear to worsen, lasting for months or even years, and interfere with their day-to-day functioning, the child in question may have PTSD. Getting effective treatment after recognizing PTSD symptoms can be critical to reducing symptoms and improving a child’s functions.

Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)

Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) is a mental health disorder that usually occurs between 3 days and 1 month after a traumatic event. The epidemiology of the disorder varies depending on location and context; for example…

Secondary Trauma (STS)

Secondary trauma (STS) is a form of trauma that a person experiences not due to something that has happened to them directly but rather due to some indirect connection (secondhand) to a traumatic experience.

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)

Reactive attachment disorder (RAD) is a condition where a child doesn’t form healthy emotional bonds with their caretakers (parental figures), often because of emotional neglect or abuse at an early age. Children with RAD have trouble managing their emotions.

Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED)​

Disinhibited social engagement disorder (DSED) is a behavioral disorder that occurs in young children. It is an attachment disorder that makes it hard for children to form an emotional bond with others.