Understanding stress-how it develops, how it is maintained, and how we cope with it-is an important feature of understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Stress is as much a mental process and subjective experience as it is a physiological process. The consequences of stress can range from minor frustration to significant health and mental health problems. Our ability to successfully cope with stress depends upon a complex interplay between our personalities, mental processes, and environment, including the people around us.
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