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What to expect after a traumatic event

Emotional responses

  • Shock/numbness
  • Anger toward the robber, bank or police
  • Depression
  • Guilt
  • Frustration
  • Sadness
  • Fear
  • Feeling vulnerable

Physical responses

  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Changes in appetite
  • Shallow, rapid breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Increased heart rate
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Behavioral responses

  • Withdrawal
  • Angry outbursts
  • Crying
  • Irritability
  • Low energy, motivation
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Increased use of drugs
  • Increased use of alcohol
  • Fear of being alone

Mental responses

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems