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Success and Survival
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A traumatic event involves being the victim of or witnessing a death, serious injury, or threat of bodily harm. By definition, a traumatic event is a negative occurrence that is out of the ordinary. Examples include the sudden and unexpected loss of a friend or a loved one, a natural disaster, or a terrorist attack such as the World Trade Center disaster of 9/11. A current example of traumatic event is the Virginia Tech massacre that took place on April 16, 2007. You should be aware that individuals can also become traumatized by watching disturbing events over and over again on TV or on the internet.
Psychological distress - Some people may feel sadness, fear, anxiety, anger, horror, and grief.
Numbness - Some people may initially be in shock and feel detached and in disbelief about the event.
Depression - Some people may feel a more pervasive sense of sadness over time. They may lose interest in their usual activities and have difficulty concentrating. They may also have crying spells and develop a sense of helplessness and pessimism.
Confusion - Some people have very intense feelings, but they can't identify them or put them into words.
Re-experiencing the Event - Some people may have flashbacks and intrusive thoughts about the event. Often, people find these thoughts to be disturbing and/or frightening.
Nightmares - Some people may have bad dreams about the event or other nightmares that represent the trauma. They may have difficulty staying asleep, they may eventually avoid going to sleep, or they may want to sleep with the light on.
Physical Reactions - Some people may experience a loss of appetite, and they may be easily startled or frightened. In general, they may feel more "jumpy." They may turn to alcohol or drugs in an attempt to calm down. At times, people simply don't feel well in a variety of ways.
Spiritual Crisis - Some people question their faith and wonder how God could have allowed this terrible thing to happen. They may become angry with God and disillusioned with religion, in general. They may have difficulty finding answers to the question of why this happened.
Avoidance - Some people avoid people, places or things that remind them of the trauma. When they do encounter reminders of the trauma, they may experience feelings similar to those they experienced during the trauma itself.
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