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Post-traumatic stress. Conceptual image of a girl holding a paper chain of men, one of which has a bloody chest indicating heart attack or murder of a loved one. The girl is suffering from a specific form of anxiety known as post-traumatic stress disorder, caused by a stressful or frightening event. Symptoms include recurring memories or dreams of the event, numbness of emotions and disturbed sleep. In some cases full depressive illness may follow. Most people recover given time, emotional support, and counselling.
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