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Firearm Injuries in Kids Leave Lasting Mental Scars, Study Finds

November 30, 2022

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Read time:

5-15 mins
Medical Center Children Sign Hospital
Presented by Health Lab

Children are being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is more likely to be diagnosed in a child who survives a firearm incident versus those who suffer other trauma, like a car crash. Research from Michigan Health Lab suggests children and teens who survive a firearm injury have a high rate of developing new mental health diagnoses in the year after the incident happens. Peter Ehrlich, M.D., M.Sc., director of pediatric trauma care at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, discusses the research he and his team presented and the magnitude of disorders that arise from firearm incidents.

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