During this lesson, students will examine post-traumatic stress disorder and psychotic disorders. They will discuss the nature of each disorder, their signs and symptoms, and the professional help available.
- Students can explain what PTSD and psychosis are and where to access professional help.
By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:
- recognise what PTSD is, and identify the support services available
- explain what psychosis is, and identify the support services available.
Classroom activity: Exploring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 30 min
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Discuss with students the fact that trauma is individual. What one person experiences as traumatic might not be so bad for someone else. Trauma can be a one-off event, such as a car accident, or ongoing, such as abuse.
Independent reading: Acute stress and PTSD
Share with students the article ‘Acute stress and post-traumatic stress disorders’.
- Students independently read the article.
Case study: Sam’s story of PTSD
- Students are to listen to ‘Sam’s story’ about PTSD.
- After listening to Sam’s story, ask students to answer the following questions:
- What is PTSD?
- What signs and symptoms did Sam experience? Classify the answers into categories of thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
- What are some strategies and support services that Sam would find helpful?
- Invite students to share their responses with the class.
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