How to Deal With Combat Stress

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Combat stress reactions are natural responses of the body and brain to the extreme stress of combat. Sometimes a threat is so prolonged or intense that it causes a "stress injury." In these cases, the body and brain continue to maintain that state of high alert long after the danger has passed.

Combat stress is not a sign of weakness — it affects many exceptionally strong service members. The following information about combat stress will help you:

  • Recognize the signs and symptoms
  • Deal with it for a healthy recovery
  • Find help for you or someone you know

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