You change after trauma, but everyone else expects you to remain the same. Up until the day of your trauma (whether that was birth or any time afterward) the people around you have expectations for who you are, how you should behave, what you will and won’t do and that you will make choices in alignment with their agenda. The stress and pressure of these expectations can become enormously overwhelming – especially over the holidays.

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There is no shortage of triggers for veterans with combat PTSD during the holidays. Loud noises, parties with crowds of people, the expectations of positive emotions and so many more things can make combat PTSD harder to live with during the holidays; and when everyone around you is having a great time, it can feel very lonely being the one who feels worse during the holiday celebrations. But there is hope. Use these tips to handle your PTSD during the holidays and maybe even have some fun. 

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How to Cope with PTSD and the Holiday Season

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Coping with the Holidays Survival Guide

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Alone for the Holidays

Holidays spell loneliness for some. From making your own traditions to helping others, WebMD explores how you can brighten up this holiday season.

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Escape the holiday dreads: handling family and stress

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