Dr. Sherwood discusses school violence, and how do you know if your child needs professional help after a school shooting
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Host: How do I know if my child needs professional help after a school shooting? Dr. Hayley Sherwood: Sometimes a child or adolescent can benefit by working with a therapist or counselor who can provide a safe place to work through their thoughts and feelings. Seeking professional help is a good idea if a child shows any of the following symptoms for longer than three months following a school shooting. Academic or behavioral problems at school, angry outburst, withdrawal from typical social activities or play with other children, frequent nightmares or sleep problems, physical problems such as headaches, nausea or weight gain or loss, intense anxiety or avoidance behavior, depression or feelings of hopelessness about the future, alcohol or drug use or abuse, dangerous risk taking behavior or continued worry about the event as a primary focus in life.