Trauma – reaction and recovery
Traumatic events can be either physical or mental, ranging from farm accidents and car accidents through to bushfires, floods and relationship problems. Traumatic events can cause immediate and long term reactions. Everyone will react differently to different traumatic events, and no reaction is right or wrong.
You might feel physical reactions like nausea, headaches or lack of appetite or psychological reactions like confusion and forgetfulness. Other common reactions to trauma include guilt, depression and anger.
Sometimes reactions to trauma develop over a longer period of time and may develop into post traumatic stress disorder (PSTD). This is when a person may continue to relive the traumatic event, be unable to relax and ‘switch off’ and feel constantly anxious.
Beware of stress overload, when your body is pushed beyond its limits. Take time out.