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Frightening or disturbing events are distressing for anyone and can result in a psychological wound, which may be particularly exaggerated or triggering if you are already coping with existing mental illness.

It may be that you have been involved in a car crash, lost a loved one, experienced violence, sexual assault or abuse, or a natural disaster. It may also be that you are strongly affected by seeing someone else deal with such a traumatic event. It is normal to respond to such events with feelings of fear, grief, anxiety or emotional numbness, but if these feelings are persistent or worsen, it can be a sign that there is a deeper issue, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Left unmanaged, trauma can make it incredibly difficult to cope and even function normally, so it’s important to seek help and support rather than bottling up feelings of distress.

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