After a traumatic incident, whether natural or man-made, survivors, loved ones, or first responders are at risk for post-traumatic stress.  Often people don’t realize that their distress is associated with the trauma they experienced.  Even if they know their stress responses are associated with the event, they often aren’t sure what to do about it.   If the following symptoms are affecting you or your loved one’s ability to work, learn, carry on normal daily activities, and have satisfying relationships, it’s time to seek help.

 

Signs of stress related to traumatic experiences may include:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and things
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than you should
  • Feeling unusually confused or forgetful; on edge, angry, or upset; or worried and scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Having thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
  • Think of hurting or killing yourself or someone else
  • Unable to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school