Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Witnessing your child having their first febrile seizure is no doubt one of the most traumatic events a parent can experience.  Indeed most parents report that they thought their child was dying.  And accordingly it is quite common for parents of children with febrile seizures to be diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

A parent of a child with febrile seizures who suffers from PTSD will often relive the first seizure through nightmares and flashbacks, and they may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult.

Unfortunately though, as with Fever Phobia, when it comes to treating PTSD in parents of children with febrile seizures very little has been agreed.  However, as with phobias the traditional PTSD treatment involves either; ‘talking’ treatments or medication.

  • ‘Talking’ treatments involves working with a trained counsellor using techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
  • Medications (i.e. antidepressants such as such as paroxetine or mirtazapine) are usually only recommended for treating PTSD if the talking therapies have been refused, have not worked or are likely to be too ‘slow’.

For further information on treatment for PTSD in general please see the NHS Choices page.