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Health Professionals Learn About Long-Term Trauma

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Traumatic experiences affect people in different ways.

Some adapt quickly and lead perfectly normal lives.

Others deal with the impact for the rest of their lives.

Health professionals continue to learn more about how to deal with trauma.

It was one of the main topics at a Behavioral Health Conference in Bismarck.

A mental health expert for the state says new research shows that mental health patients who have had traumatic experiences need different treatment than those who have not.

She says trauma can come from many places including war, accidents, and abuse..

"The bottom line is that if there's trauma and it's not identified or acknowledged, they're going to run into road blocks on their way to recovery and may not reach recovery. So it really can be a barrier to their health." says JoAnne Hoesel/Department of Human Services.

Hoesel says a recent study shows children diagnosed with mental health issues have faced an average of 10 traumatic events.

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