Each person's response to a tough situation is different. The response can appear right away or months later. It important to know that you are not alone in your pain and that there is help.
Some common responses are:
Some tips to help deal with the stress, pain, and anxiety are:
Talk to a therapist if you have problems that last more than 4 to 6 weeks. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, get help right away.
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National Institute of Mental Health
Canadian Psychiatric Association
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Last reviewed August 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP Last Updated: 4/22/2020