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Anticipatory Stress Response in PTSD: Extreme Stress in Children

Authors

  • Sherry Grogan RN, BSN,

    1. Sherry Grogan, RN, BSN, is Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner student, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Kathleen Pace Murphy, PhD, MS, GNP, CNS, is Suzie Conway Professor in Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA.
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  • Kathleen Pace Murphy PhD, MS, GNP, CNS

    1. Sherry Grogan, RN, BSN, is Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner student, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Kathleen Pace Murphy, PhD, MS, GNP, CNS, is Suzie Conway Professor in Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, Texas, USA.
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sherry.d.grogan@uth.edu, with a copy to the Editor: poster@uta.edu

Abstract

TOPIC:  Anticipatory stress chronically activates the stress response in children with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Effects of the allostatic load may begin even before birth in a stressful environment.

PURPOSE:  The purpose of this paper is to discuss the anticipatory stress response in children with PTSD. The paper discusses the etiology, the impact of the disorder on long-term health, cognitive and behavioral manifestations, and clinical management and treatment options.

SOURCES USED:  A review on current literature is presented and includes several key studies.

CONCLUSIONS:  Anticipatory stress in PTSD has acute and long-term health implications for the child. The psychiatric nurse plays a key role in preventing the long-term effects of PTSD.

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