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 works for you might not work for someone else.

Drinking alcohol or using other drugs will not help you overcome trauma or make it go away. And it may even make it worse.

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