About SOLVE teenptsd.org
When most people think of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), they think of people who experience traumas—like violence, abuse, or an injury— themselves. However, children can also develop symptoms of PTSD when their parents suffer traumatic events or injuries. Unfortunately, doctors do not routinely screen these children for PTSD despite expert recommendations and symptoms are often missed.
As the son of a survivor who was catastrophically wounded in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, I know what it is like to suffer in silence when everyone’s attention is focused on the person acutely affected. Informed by the research literature and my own experience, I offer this site as a safe place for young people to learn about the potential psychological effects, including PTSD, on children whose parents are injured, suffering chronic illness or disease, addiction or who suffer near-death experiences. I also offer this site as a safe place for young people to learn about PTSD stemming from any type of trauma, including how to get effective help. My hope is that through SOLVE we can help prevent others from the same tragic long-term journey to find help.
You are not alone. You do not have to suffer in silence. There is help.
Get to know me
I am a senior at Trinity-Pawling School a college preparatory boarding school in Dutchess County New York. I look forward to studying psychology and behavioral economics in college this coming fall. In addition to playing tennis and participating in other extracurricular activities, I am also the son of a 9/11 survivor. I was 10 months old when the attacks occurred, and over the following years witnessed my mom’s long and hard recovery from catastrophic injury. I was 14 years old when I was finally, properly diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The lack of adequate early intervention and PTSD diagnosis in my own life created a long and challenging trial for me. In order to assist other teens who endured relational trauma, I created Saving Our Lives, (SOLVE). This informational site includes my own research survey summaries, as well as providing resources for PTSD information and care options. The goal with SOLVE is to help others from enduring misdiagnosis or, as I myself endured, escaping diagnosis for many years at all. While conducting research on PTSD under the guidance of a PHD. specializing in PTSD, Trauma/Suicide Prevention from a leading US Ivy League University, I have continued to study how children of parents who are ill, wounded or injured are not routinely screened for PTSD even though they are at increased risk for PTSD.
I am establishing SOLVE chapters at TP and at other high schools. My hope to do the same at colleges and universities. Each of these chapters will be providing young people with the opportunity join in social gatherings to hear from professionals about PTSD in a safe forum, and where they can express and share their concerns and personal journeys.