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Trauma refers to a distressing or disturbing experience that overwhelms an individual's ability to cope. Traumatic events can range from a single incident, such as a natural disaster or car accident, to ongoing experiences such as abuse, neglect, or combat exposure.

Trauma can have a profound impact on an individual's physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. Common symptoms of trauma include feelings of fear, anxiety, and helplessness, as well as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks. Individuals may also experience physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, and fatigue.

Trauma can lead to the development of several mental health disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety disorders. Individuals who have experienced trauma may also be at a higher risk of developing substance use disorders or engaging in risky behaviors.

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