Acute stress reactions

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop in some people who have seen or lived through a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.   

Those who have experienced or witnessed a terrorist attack may feel one or all of these symptoms:

  • Recurring thoughts of the incident.
  • Becoming afraid of everything, not leaving the house or isolating yourself.
  • Stopping usual functioning, no longer maintaining daily routines.
  • Survivor guilt — “Why did I survive? I should have done something more.”
  • Tremendous sense of loss.
  • Reluctance to express your feelings, losing a sense of control over your life.

(From Managing Traumatic Stress:  Coping with Terrorism-American Psychological Association)

Those who have not been affected directly by a terrorist attack could have some similar symptoms, if they too have experienced significant trauma in their life.  Practice self-care.  Are you viewing an excessive amount of media coverage regarding the Orlando terrorist attack?

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