Risk factors for, ways to cope with PTSD

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, risk factors for post-traumatic stress disorder include:

* Enduring dangerous events and traumas

* Having a history of mental illness

* Getting injured

* Seeing people injured or killed

* Experiencing feelings of horror, helplessness or extreme fear

* Receiving little or no social support after a traumatic event

* Enduring extra stress after the event (loss of a loved one, physical pain, loss of job or home)

The NIMH also notes that several ways cope with PTSD:

* Seeking out support from friends, family, support groups and others

* Feeling good about one’s responses in the face of danger

* Having a coping strategy or way of enduring the traumatic event and learning from it

* Being able to carry on despite feeling fear.

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