Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, or natural disaster. Immediately after the event, shock and denial are typical. Longer term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.
People respond to traumatic events in different ways. Often there are no visible signs, but people may have serious emotional reactions.
Shock and denial shortly after the event are normal reactions.
Shock and denial are often used to protect yourself from the emotional impact of the event. You may feel numb or detached. You may not feel the event’s full intensity right away.
There are several ways to help restore your emotional stability after a traumatic event:
You should seek professional help if symptoms persist and interfere with day-to-day activities, school or work performance, or personal relationships.
Experiences with traumatic stress can appear much different for children. Signs that a child may need professional help to cope with a traumatic event include:
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