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When you have experienced trauma your memories are not processed properly, which means that you might experience a flashback. A flashback is not like a normal memory, but more like re-experiencing what happened – you might feel like it is actually happening again, as if you are back in that place with all the sounds, smells, and physical sensations of the experience. A flashback can be triggered by anything that reminds the part of your brain that reacts to danger (the amygdala) of what you experienced: a sound, a smell, a place, a person who looks like the person who hurt you. It is a scary thing to go through, but the young survivors we work with have given us some tips about how to manage them.

Tips for managing flashbacks:

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