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PYCES – Parents and Young Children under Extreme Stress

Thank you for your interest in the PYCES research study!

We are conducting a study into a new treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in young children.  Following trauma, either being involved in or witnessing a frightening event, some people develop the condition PTSD.  We are assessing children who are having difficulties following a frightening event and testing a new type of therapy to reduce children’s symptoms of PTSD.

What kinds of frightening experiences might young children have experienced?These might be:

  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Assaults
  • Burns or scalds
  • Any accident injury
  • Witnessing violence or harm to others
  • Sudden medical emergencies (e.g. anaphylaxis)
  • A sudden or violent bereavement

There might be other things that a young person has experienced that are very frightening and would allow them to enter the PYCES study – do get in touch and ask us.


What kinds of anxiety problems might young children be experiencing?These are just some of the main problems that someone might be experiencing:

  • Memories of the event popping into mind
  • Nightmares
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling irritable
  • Problems sleeping
  • Not enjoying things
  • Avoiding certain places or situations

Together these sorts of problems are called “post-traumatic stress disorder” or PTSD. You can read more about what PTSD is here, and you can read more about its treatment here.


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