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Leaving the Wilderness Alive: How to Survive The Worst When All You've Got is You.

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Kim: It is and that's actually a really good thing so that it cleans out the wound. As soon as you've washed it through enough, you can stop [Kim emphasizes "stop"] the bleeding.

Sandra: Damn it. That was so stupid.

Kim: It happens to everyone. I know you've gotten cut before and you've stopped the bleeding before just like you're stopping it right now. You can hold it tight like this. Y'know even as we're sitting here, it's already starting to heal and the bleeding has slowed to a stop so we can walk down the rest of the trail.

Mental survival-regardless of where a person is, whether that's in the extremes of battle or a backpacking expedition-is often a matter of recalling or being made aware of the resources one already has. As Lt. Costello learned the hard way, the mind is the greatest weapon of all.

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Judith Acosta, LISW, CHT is a licensed psychotherapist and clinical homeopath in private practice in Placitas and Albuquerque. Her areas of specialization include the treatment of anxiety, depression, and trauma. She has appeared on both television (more...)
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