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5 Ways to Cope With PTSD during the holidays

Although beautiful to behold, fireworks displays are triggering for people with PTSD, many of whom struggle with loud noises.

Summer often brings with it bright and booming fireworks shows, especially on patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July. Yet as beautiful as these light displays are, they can be triggering for people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

People with PTSD live with symptoms that stem from their body’s response to a shocking or terrifying experience, such as war or combat in the military, natural disasters, or individual personal events such as sexual assault. These symptoms can occur on their own or be triggered by anything that brings the person back to reliving their traumatic experience, such as loud noises from fireworks or certain aromas that other people tolerate well or even enjoy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, once triggered, this reliving of trauma can include flashbacks, nightmares, and physical reactions like uncontrollable shaking and heart palpitations.

About 7 percent of Americans experience PTSD in their lifetime, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If you or someone you love has PTSD, here are five ways to reduce PTSD symptoms during fireworks season.

1. Remind Yourself You Are Not in Danger

2. Schedule Enjoyable and Meaningful Activities During Fireworks Season

3. Breathe Deeply and Slowly

4. Avoid Avoidance

5. Prioritize Your Mental Health

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