Trauma can turn a person's world upside down; afterward, nothing may look safe or familiar. And studies show that women are twice as like than men to suffer from the effects of a traumatic event sometime during their lives. Whether the trauma is physical, sexual, or emotional, these events can be overwhelming in their impact, destroy the victim's sense of being in control of her life, and alter her attachments to others. If left unaddressed, the resulting psychological trauma can lead to a wide range of destructive symptoms. Trauma survivors are vulnerable to high levels of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, phobias, personality disorders, flashbacks, emotional numbing and nightmares.
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