It is important to help children understand the symptoms of PTSD and the effects on their parent’s behavior and emotions. When a parent with PTSD has emotional outbursts or explosive behaviors, children often emotionally react with feelings of fear, anger, or confusion. A child of any age may be upset witnessing PTSD symptoms. While you cannot always protect your child from seeing these episodes or behaviors, you can help your child understand what is happening. This tip card lists the most common symptoms of PTSD. It has tips to help children recognize and understand these symptoms. It also offers tips on how to recognize the symptoms of emotional distress in children and what you can do to help them overcome some of their fears and anxiety about their parent’s situation.