Q&A with Psychiatrists on How to Bounce Back After Severe Stress:

DC: We studied U.S. Special Forces including Navy SEALs and Green Berets. We also studied a population of men and women from inner city Washington, DC who lived in poverty and grew up surrounded by stress, [as well as] a group of earthquake victims in remote Pakistan. They had a earthquake that killed 250,000 people. We got to know and study individual women who were victims of sexual and physical abuse.

We found things in common from these disparate groups, a common set of factors that seemed to relate to resilience. We ended up boiling them down to 10 factors. You can train yourself to be more resilient by paying attention to these. And you don’t need all 10. Some are more pertinent to one individual than they are to another to help you get through tough times.

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