People usually associate PTSD with soldiers, but we often forget the ravages this illness has on smaller bodies who have lived through private wars and forgotten battles. Yesterday, we shared about how our weighted blankets can help soldiers battling PTSD, a burden they carry from combat. Today, we recognize the similar struggles that many children face as the result of violence, disaster, and abuse. We must remember the soldiers, and we must not forget the children.
According to the National Center for PTSD, 5% of adolescents meet the standard criteria for PTSD. Additionally, “In 2011, child protective services in the United States received 3.4 million referrals, representing 6.2 million children.” These children had either experienced or witnessed abuse, assault, neglect, or violence. Such violence could have been experienced in their communities or within their own homes.
We know that this kind of trauma does not always leave a physical mark, but it often invites other burdens and struggles. The National Center for PTSD describes symptoms, saying:
“Along with associated symptoms, there are a number of psychiatric disorders that are commonly found in children and adolescents who have been traumatized. One commonly co-occurring disorder is major depression. Other disorders include substance abuse; anxiety disorders such as separation anxiety, panic disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder; and externalizing disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and conduct disorder.”
Any one of these symptoms can be a heavy load, yet we have found that a bit of strategically applied weight could help lessen the burden. CapeAble weighted blankets can help soothe fear and anxiety through the Deep Touch Pressure, which prompts the brain to release serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters calm the nervous system and can help anyone, from big bodies to little bodies, reach a peaceful, relaxed state.
Our blankets come in different sizes, weights, colors, and patterns to suit any child. The world may seem scary to any child with PTSD; we want to help create a safe space.