What Is Traumatic Stress (download)?
- Traumatic events are shocking and emotionally overwhelming
situations that may involve actual or threaten death, serious injury, or
threat to physical integrity.
- Reactions to traumatic events vary considerably, ranging from
relatively mild creating minor disruptions in the person's life to
severe and debilitating.
- Acute Stress Disorder And Posttraumatic Stress Disorder are mental
health diagnoses associated with traumatic stress reactions.
- Other difficulties can co-occur with mental health symptoms,
including physical health problems and changes in beliefs about
What can be helpful after trauma?
- Connecting to natural support systems (friends, family) and taking
care of basic needs.
How to decide whether you need help
- For many people, natural coping allows the reactions to gradually
- When disturbing symptoms persist or worsen it may be useful to seek
- If attempts to cope lead to unhealthy or unhelpful outcomes (e.g.
alcohol or drug use, withdrawing from friends and family), it may be
useful to seek professional help.
- Evidence-based (well researched) psychotherapy and medications are
- There are many options for psychotherapy format (individual, groups)
- No single treatment is effective for everyone and it may take time
to find the right treatment fit.
Where to go for help
- It is important to find someone with experience in treating people
affected by traumatic stress.
- A family doctor, local clergy, local mental health association, or
health insurance carrier may be able to assist in the search for