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Dissociation is natural-- we all do it. It ranges from day-dreaming and being, "in the zone" to acute stress/crisis response, to Dissociative Identity Disorder. Obviously a little is OK, but more and more can be problematic for living a healthy life; give yourself permission to dissociate sometimes, but try to lessen it-- BE PRESENT!

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Elderly Anxiety Disorders

As many as one quarter of all people experience #anxiety to an unhealthy extent, and older people can be at particular risk. Learn more about the warning signs and how to help here: http://www.good-sam.com/index.php/resources/seniorTopics/read/depress

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world war 1 - Specific Symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder: A subjective sense of numbing, detachment, or absence of emotional responsiveness A reduction in awareness of his or her surroundings (e.g., “being in a daze”) Derealization Depersonalization Dissociative amnesia (i.e., inability to recall an important aspect of the trauma)

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Why Do Some People Get PTSD and Others Don’t? By Sara Staggs, LICSW, MPH, Trauma is complicated. Not everyone who experiences a traumatic event has post-traumatic stress symptoms and many people who have symptoms see a natural decrease in those symptoms while others wind up with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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