Get Help Coping With A Traumatic Event
Good Samaritans and helpful neighbors are key components for a thriving community. We greatly appreciate your willingness to help someone during their time of need until our personnel arrives on the scene. Unfortunately, some of these incidents can be tragic and have unfavorable outcomes. Bystanders may struggle to cope with their experience of these potentially traumatic events.
What Are Some Common Responses?
What Is a Traumatic Event?
What Is PTSD?
Symptoms of re-living include flashbacks, nightmares, and extreme emotional and physical reactions to reminders of the event. Emotional reactions can include feeling guilty, extreme fear of harm, and numbing of emotions. Physical reactions can include uncontrollable shaking, chills or heart palpitations, and tension headaches.
Symptoms of avoidance include staying away from activities, places, thoughts, or feelings related to the trauma or feeling detached or estranged from others.
Symptoms of increased arousal include being overly alert or easily startled, difficulty sleeping, irritability or outbursts of anger, and lack of concentration.
If you're experiencing any signs or symptoms relative to post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) or simply need to speak to someone to help put things into perspective, don't hesitate to contact someone! These emotions are normal and there are numerous resources available. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/masstrauma/factsheets/public/coping.pdf to access resources available to you.