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Essential information for patient and family

  • Traumatic events often have psychological effects. For the majority, symptoms subside with no intervention. (see Psychological responses to traumatic stress: what to expect)
  • Once symptoms have continued for over a month, treatment can be effective.
  • The patient needs support and understanding, not to be told to ‘snap out of it’.

Last edited: 26/1/2004

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