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Common Reactions to trauma

When a traumatic event occurs, it may leave us with a feeling of being out of control. Reactions to a traumatic event vary for each individual, but understanding some of the common stages may help you through this difficult time.

Stages of traumatic reaction

  • Anger
  • Denial/shock
  • Depression
  • Guilt
  • Hope reorganization
  • Loneliness
  • Preoccupation with death
  • Relief

Physical/behavioral responses

  • Change in sleep pattern
  • Changes in appetite
  • Decrease in energy
  • Moodiness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Withdrawal
  • Relationship conflict
  • Nervous/anxious
  • Increased use of alcohol or medication