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Trauma

Trauma is an emotional response to an intensely negative, or traumatic, event. Trauma may be physical or mental/emotional in nature. Events that may cause trauma include violent crimes such as rape or a significant assault, physical or sexual abuse, serious accidents, and natural disasters to name but a few. News events such as school shootings can often be traumatic for children, even if they did not experience it in person.

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Trauma can be treated. A doctor or mental health professional who has experience in treating people with trauma can help you. Treatment may include "talk" therapy, medication, or both. Treatment might take 6 to 12 weeks. For some people, it takes longer. Treatment is not the same for everyone. What...
Living through or seeing something that's upsetting and dangerous can cause major Trauma. This can include: Death or serious illness of a loved one War or combat Car accidents and plane crashes Hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires Violent crimes, like a robbery or shooting. There are many other things...
How do I know if you are experiencing Trauma? Your doctor can help you find out. Call your doctor if you have any of these problems for at least 1 month: Suffering from bad dreams Feeling like the scary event is happening again (flashbacks) Experiencing scary thoughts you can’t control Staying away...