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The human brain is capable of keeping us alive through intense, extreme situations. From car wrecks and domestic abuse, to stalking and shoot-outs, we can survive horrible things.
However, just like physical trauma, mental and emotional trauma leaves wounds in the psyche. Sometimes they heal over, and you'd never even know.
Other times, though, the trauma leaves deep, painful scars. When those scars interfere with your daily life, the condition is called post-traumatic stress disorder.