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Recent studies have shown that three-quarters of the Australian population have experienced at least one potentially traumatic event (such as a car accident, natural disaster, exposure to crime, loss of a loved one, or the violence of war) over their lifetime. Trauma affects people in different ways and, for some, the effects are so great that they develop the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which interferes with their ability to cope in daily life. For some people these symptoms, and others, may reduce -without professional help, especially if they have supportive people around them. However, recent research indicated that 86% of men and 76% of women with PTSD struggle with other mental health issues as time goes on – such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse issues- as they begin to use drugs and alcohol as a way of coping. In this webinar Steve Stokes, Clinical Practice Consultant, shared insights and practical guidance around surviving and thriving with complex PTSD.

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