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Trauma in Youth and Children


At least 11 students in California were under arrest and several other were suspended for making threats -- serious or otherwise -- to outdo Monday's shooting spree at Santana High School in a middle class suburb of San Diego.

In Pennsylvania, a 14-year-old girl was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly shooting a female classmate in the cafeteria of their Roman Catholic high school.

Incidents reported in California on Wednesday ranged from a 17-year old spotted in an Orange County school parking lot with a reproduction of an M-16 rifle to two teens in the desert resort town of Twenty-nine Palms accused of harboring a gun and a hit list of 16 classmates.

In the San Diego area, sheriff's deputies were posted at all 12 high schools in the district comprising Santana High, and seven sheriffs were on full time duty at Santana High itself as classes slowly resumed.


“Once again people everywhere are asking "WHY?", and discussing the psychology of alienation and violence among children and adolescents. I am struck by how many people on the news are in agreement about the essential reality: that mental health is an important aspect of our children's formative school years. Too often it is not until after such tragedies occur that schools and newscasters wonder aloud why there had not been any warning signs and why there were few if any mental health supports available for those who dearly needed them. Psychologists are by Federal Law available to virtually every school district, though too often consigned to limited settings or confined to administering tests.

Sadly, psychologists and other mental health professionals are time and again seen by the media only as those people called in for crisis intervention after such terrible incidents as yesterday's massacre in the Colorado high school have occurred.

Our children deserve to have mental health services in schools. We must learn to pursue "prevention and intervention" in earnest. The cost to not do so is simply too great.”
Michael Fenichel, Ph.D.

President, NY State Psychological Association

Trauma Services Associates understands WHY™?.


The following is a list of treatments addressed by Trauma Services Associates:


•     Anxiety

•     Depression

•     Death of a Parent/Care-Giver

•     Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge Eating

•     Suicide

•     Social Phobias (Shy, Computer-Nerd, Geek)

•     Diversity, Prejudice, Tolerence, and Respect

•     Body Image and Self-Esteem Problems

•     Abusive Relationships

•     What You Should Know About Date-Rape

•     Virginity: A Very Personal Decision

•     Abuse

•     Blended Families

•     Coping With an Alcoholic Parent

•     Dealing With Divorce

•     Why Do I fight With My Parents So Much?

•     Dealing With Bullying

•     I Think I May Have a Drug/Alcohol Problem

•     I Think I Was Raped.  What Should I Do?


There are many reasons why children and youths suffer from so many mental/emotional health issues.  The family and environment play a large part.


Childhood – from adolescence to teen years – can be a very trying period of life.  Just the changes brought about by puberty can flood a child’s mind with thoughts of uncertainty and fear, making them especially prone to negative states of mind.  If we factor in all the issues mentioned above – plus the normal child-issues of discovering who they are, fitting-in, and dealing with parental expectations – do we really have to ask “why?”


Our children have to face the problems and pressures of the world - but they have neither the skills nor the experience to be able to cope.  In a sense children become like tourist navigating through unfamiliar terrain - overwhelmed by their surroundings and, in many cases not inclined to ask for help. 


Family and environment play a part in the development of a child.  The actual environment of the family structure can greatly affect a child.  Children who come from abusive families have numerous bouts with mental health issues.  As well as children whose parents seem to always focus on their imperfections and inadequacies.  Even overprotective and smothering parents can drive a child to depression.  Interestingly, however, one researcher found that children are even more prone to mental health issues when parents simply show a lack of interest in them.


For many parents staying active in a child’s life is almost impossible.  Between bills, work and home responsibilities children can be left out of the loop.  The first step is to notice the signs and analyze your child’s behavior.  Then parents as well as the child/teen may need to come to terms with the fact that they may have mental health issues, and not be ashamed of the situation.  The next step is not to place blame on self nor others.  Then there is the most important part: to show support and your love.  Kids can’t get help on their own, an adult has to recognize the problem and take it seriously.


The next step is ours.  TSA knows “WHY™” and we know how to help.




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