Traumatic events can affect someone not only emotionally but also physically. These can be scary, shocking or dangerous experiences like
Coping with a traumatic event can be very challenging for anyone. scientists and researchers have been investigating to understand what could be done to help people cope with such traumatic events as mentioned above. The goal is to make sure that the person who has experienced a traumatic event does not experience physical or emotional problems
Signs of concern
Let us now take a look at some of the warning signs. When someone undergoes a traumatic experience their response can be immediate or it may start after sometime or it can go on for a long time or it could be a quick and fast one. In general, these responses could go on for several weeks or even months after someone experiencing a traumatic event. The most commonly observed responses include
The encouraging part is that most of these responses generally fade away with time.
In some cases, however, responses go on and continue to exist for a long periods of time and they can even grow in intensity and start to interfere with the person's day to day life. It is in these cases that professional help may be needed so that one can carry on with their daily life. So what should one be looking for to determine if they need professional help?
In case of children, however, a specific separate set of symptoms are observed. These include
older children often show symptoms similar to that of an adult. In addition older children are likely to feel guilty for not being able to stop what happened such as injury or death. Older children and teens me also develop thoughts of Revenge.
So far whatever I have explained above fall into the emotional or psychological side of the spectrum. Let us now look at some of the possible and most commonly observed physical symptoms. these include
lack of appropriate support from family and friends, those who have already undergone some sort of a traumatic experience in the past, any existing mental health condition may complicate the effect of automatic event experience.
As a coping mechanism people are seen to turn towards alcohol or other Drugs. Although they seem to find relief in the short term, often drug abuse leads to a new set of problems and can hamper the overall recovery process.
How to cope
as mentioned above alcohol and other drugs are some quickly responses by people who have undergone a traumatic experience and are feeling its effects. But they are not very healthy choices. Let us now look at some of the healthy ways of coping with a traumatic event experience.