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Life threatening trauma causes Post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD can emerge after a terrifying event ex: car accident, terrorist attack, or combat. The person sometimes starts re-experiencing the same reactions to the horrifying event.

PTSD was previously called shell shock, combat fatigue and first recognized in 1980. Veterans sometimes experience flashbacks, nightmares, social with-drawal and can be haunted years after the trauma.

The mind also has a way of minimizing pain after an unpleasant event has occurred. Writing down your thoughts and feelings brings comfort. You may want to start seeing a counselor and in extreme cases take medicine.

Having a social net and a coping strategy appear to offer some protection. A religious leader is also a good person to talk to during your loss he or she can offer you support and guidance.


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