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Common Reactions to Tragic Events
Everyone reacts to tragic events differently. In light of the recent attacks on our nation, the following feelings and reactions are common:
- Shock or numbness
- Nervousness, fear, feeling "vulnerable"
- Anger, irritability
- Questioning life and death, asking "WHY?"
- Feeling helpless
- Guilt or a desire to "do something"
- Preoccupation with event, need to talk about it
- A desire to be with others or to withdraw
- Dreams or nightmares of event
- Loss of appetite
- Insomnia or sleeping too much
- Difficulty concentrating
- Headaches, nausea, fatigue
- Having memories or reactions to past traumas or losses
You may wish to talk to a professional if you experience:
- Talking about it
- Trying to maintain your daily routine
- Eating regular, heatlhy meals
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Feeling like you just need someone to talk to
- Reactions so intense and distressing you find it difficult to function
- Physical symptoms that cause extreme discomfort
- You're having intense, distressing nightmares
- Your emotions seem "out of control"
- Severe fear or anxiety
- Extreme sadness or depression
- Powerful questions about life or death
- Strong reactions stemming from past trauma or losses
Counseling & Psychological Services is available to help. Call us or stop in if you have any questions or would like assistance.