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"If you"re dealing with trauma, you may find yourself overcome by physical discomforts you can"t seem to control, like tiredness, sleep issues, persistent pain with no medical cause, chronic tension, anxiety, depression, and more. You may notice yourself keeping people at arm"s length and have difficulty fully trusting anyone. Perhaps, you may have a pattern of being overly trusting and attracting unhealthy relationships. Feeling safe and comfortable in your own skin feels like a daily challenge.Traumatic stress can shatter your sense of security, leaving you feeling helpless and vulnerable in a dangerous worldespecially if the traumatic event was manmade, such as a shooting or act of terrorism. You may feel physically and emotionally drained, overcome with grief, or find it difficult to focus, sleep, or control your temper. These are all normal responses to abnormal events. Usually, feelings of anxiety, confusion, guilt, and despair following a disaster or traumatic event will start to fade within a relatively short time. However, if your traumatic stress reaction is so intense and persistent that it"s getting in the way of your ability to function, you may need help from a Mental Health Professional specializing in trauma."

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