While there is no doubt parents are stressed out today, even more so than their parents or grandparents ever were. With so many social and professional pressures, parents often find they are under greater stress to maintain the emotional stability of their own children.
It is no wonder, then, that children, today, seem to be under greater levels of stress than in years past. While we can argue that children, today, are more disrespectful and show less control, there is a theory that these behaviors are simply symptoms of children who live in a higher degree of stress.
Of the many stresses that children face today, many are facing the sudden death of a loved one. With parents heading off to war in Iraq, taking on more risky employment opportunities, or becoming victims to terminal illness, a sudden death is listed as a number one stressor among children in American society. In fact, not only is the sudden death a stressor but also the anticipated or concern about death, as in cases where parents have gone into the throes of warfare.
With much media focus on fatalities and traumatic events, children, today, are exposed to negative news stories at phenomenal rates. Feeling powerless, children often develop premature stress complications early in life that may, ultimately, lead to psychological and emotional complications into adulthood.
With emotions ranging from rage and anger, at the reason why the death of a parent occurred, to even the misunderstood aspect of death, hoping the parent comes back, children who experience the death of a parent, or loved one, will struggle with some form of stress in their lives. To assist a child who has experience a death of a loved one, especially after a war related event, it is important that the child be encouraged to talk to someone about their feelings and experiences.
Often, when suffering through the stress in response to the passing of a loved one, children will exhibit physical symptoms more readily than emotional symptoms. Most commonly, sleep disorders are developed, the child may begin to daydream more often and become more disinterested in school and in playing with friends. In some cases, children may develop other physical complications including the sudden frequency and onset of bedwetting.
As with any traumatic life experience, emotional and psychological complications in children, that lead to stress, often result in not on the development of emotional and psychological conditions into adulthood but also may result in the development of physical complications while they are still children. For this reason, it is important to understand these warning signs of a child who is experiencing stress and seek out the necessary professional help soon after the traumatic event has taken place.