A traumatic event is a type of incident that is highly stressful, shocking, or dangerous. It can cause a lot of physical and psychological distress. Traumatic events are often marked by a feeling of helplessness, anxiety, hopelessness, and extreme fear of death.
Experiences like natural disasters (such as earthquakes, and floods), war, terrorism, witnessing a death, domestic and sexual abuse, serious illness, car crashes, or other accidents are accounted as traumatic events.
Researchers are investigating various factors that can help people deal with stressful situations or that increase their risk for other health problems such as depression, following a traumatic event.
Every individual responds to traumatic events differently. However, shock and denial are the most common reactions.
According to the health experts, some people show immediate and brief responses while others show delayed but prolonged responses. Most people have an intense immediate response that can last for several weeks or even months.
These intense responses include:
These responses are normal and expected to be lessened with time. But if these responses continue for a longer time and start interfering with one’s daily life, they should be addressed and treated immediately through some professional help such as online counseling.
Some warning signs that indicate that a person needs quick help include:
Similar to adults, children and teens also show these symptoms and develop kind of disrespectful and destructive behaviors.
They may feel guilty for failing to prevent the event, therefore develop feelings of revenge.
Some physical responses to trauma also indicate that an individual needs professional help. These physical responses include:
Individuals who have faced some traumatic events in the past, suffer from a mental health problem, face chronic stress, or lack moral and financial support from friends and family are more likely to develop severe symptoms, and therefore need some additional help.
Some people shift to alcohol and smoking to manage their symptoms unaware of the fact that these substances only help temporarily. Moreover, their continuous use can lead to other health problems and get in the way of recovery.
Some proven ways that can help you cope with traumatic stress are:
If you can’t practice any of the above-mentioned methods to cope with traumatic events, it is time to seek professional help. There are online counseling sessions and virtual counseling that can help you manage the situation. In virtual counseling, your counselor monitors your activities regularly and helps you to be accountable through an online virtual system.
This is an easily accessible service for everyone that ensures fast recovery.
A traumatic event is a shocking experience that causes a lot of stress. Individuals show different physical and emotional responses to the trauma. If these responses interfere with life, they need to be managed through professional methods. Online counseling and virtual counseling are now widely used treatments that promise a fast recovery.
All information in this article is written based on the publication of The National Institute of Mental Health, a U.S based federal agency that researches mental disorders. The experts of NIMH provide information on mental health problems and the latest mental health research.