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Dealing with the physical environments that may cause trauma can put survivors and rescue workers at a greater risk for certain conditions:
To manage some of the physical after-effects of trauma, you may need the following:
American Counseling Association
National Institute of Mental Health
Mental Health America
National Mental Health Association