Traumatic Stress: Coping

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Beliefnet
9/23/2001 2:17 PM
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Psychologists are telling us that all across the United States, people are showing symptoms of traumatic stress. Even if you did not know anyone harmed in the attacks, but only watched the news coverage on TV, you may be affected.

Read below to find out whether you might be experiencing traumatic stress. Then talk with others here to find a way to cope, and to heal.



Beliefnet
9/23/2001 2:19 PM
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Individuals who have experienced a traumatic event oftentimes suffer psychological stress related to the incident. In most instances, these are normal reactions to abnormal situations. Individuals who feel they are unable to regain control of their lives, or who experience the following symptoms for more than a month, should consider seeking outside professional mental health assistance.

The symptoms to watch out for:
  • Recurring thoughts or nightmares about the event.
  • Having trouble sleeping or changes in appetite.
  • Experiencing anxiety and fear, especially when exposed to events or situations reminiscent of the trauma.
  • Being on edge, being easily startled or becoming overly alert.
  • Feeling depressed, sad and having low energy.
  • Experiencing memory problems including difficulty in remembering aspects of the trauma.
  • Feeling "scattered" and unable to focus on work or daily activities. Having difficulty making decisions.
  • Feeling irritable, easily agitated, or angry and resentful.
  • Feeling emotionally "numb," withdrawn, disconnected or different from others.
  • Spontaneously crying, feeling a sense of despair and hopelessness.
  • Feeling extremely protective of, or fearful for, the safety of loved ones.
  • Not being able to face certain aspects of the trauma, and avoiding activities, places, or even people that remind you of the event.



Beliefnet
9/23/2001 2:23 PM
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Beliefnet
9/23/2001 2:43 PM
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