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Flashbacks

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 what happened. 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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