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It is common for individuals to experience potentially life-threatening traumatic events over the course of their lives and subsequently to experience psychological distress associated with the traumatic events. Although most people recover from such distress without lasting consequences, some develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which, left untreated, may result in symptoms, such as nightmares, intrusive memories, and emotional numbing, that can last for decades.1
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