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Avoiding PTSD triggers during patriotic holidays

Kankakee, Ill. — As Independence Day draws near and Americans prepare to
commemorate their country by illuminating the sky with fireworks, it's important to
consider that the loud explosions may trigger fear and apprehension in some

About 13 million Americans have been directly impacted by PTSD. This significant
mental health condition emerges following exposure to major traumas such as combat,
interpersonal violence, childhood abuse, or life-threatening accidents.
“These events can be difficult for millions of individuals because fireworks create sights,
sounds, and smells that can activate flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety, all symptoms
of PTSD,” said Rosecrance’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Raymond Garcia.
Getting past the loud sounds, flashes, and smells of fireworks may be difficult but not

Friends and loved ones who are aware of a person’s triggers can offer support by
helping them practice mindfulness techniques during an event or when encountering an
unexpected fireworks display.

Those affected by fireworks consider these tips to prepare for expected and unexpected
• Avoid events where fireworks displays are planned.
• Invest in earplugs or noise-canceling headphones.
• Focus on building mindfulness techniques to stay grounded in the moment.
• Plan ahead if going out by asking or researching if fireworks will be lit at an event

Rosecrance Behavioral Health can offer hope, healing, and a way forward for
individuals who are struggling with their mental health or substance use. Call
888.928.5278 to begin your journey today.


Lindsey Salvatelli
Rosecrance Behavioral Health

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