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P.O. Box 173180
Bozeman, MT 59717-3180

Tel: (406) 994-4531
Fax: (406) 994-2485
Location: 211 Swingle
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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:
  • Sadness
  • 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
Coping Strategies:
  • Talking about it
  • Trying to maintain your daily routine
  • Exercise
  • Eating regular, heatlhy meals
  • Getting plenty of sleep
You may wish to talk to a professional if you experience:
  • 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.


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