When a parent has PTSD, children can often feel confused, scared, or helpless. Why Are You So Scared? explains PTSD and its symptoms in nonthreatening, kid-friendly language, and is full of questions and exercises that kids and parents can work through together. The interactive layout encourages kids to express their thoughts and feelings about PTSD through writing, drawing and designing. This book can serve as a practical tool for kids to cope with and eventually feel better about their parent's PTSD.
A comprehensive note to parents offers advice for using this book to help children communicate the emotions that may accompany their parent's PTSD recovery.
Beth Andrews is a licensed clinical social worker, program supervisor for a community mental health centre in Colorado, and college instructor. She is the author of two other self-help books for children - Why Are You So Scared? A Child's Book About Parental Depression and I Miss You! A Military Kid's Book About Deployment.
Katherine Kirkland is an illustrator living in the Gloucestershire countryside in England with her husband and son. Katherine illustrates greeting cards and children's books and has always had a passion for drawing.
1 soft covered book, 26 pages.