It is very common, in fact quite normal, for people to experience emotional aftershocks when they have experienced a stressful event. Any event (traumatic or unexpected) that causes unusually strong emotional reactions has the potential to interfere with a person's normal functioning. Sometimes the stress reactions occur immediately after the event; sometimes they appear a few hours or days later. Some common reactions include:
Changes in sleeping patterns
Changes in appetite
Shock or numbness
Anger toward those involved
Fear, feeling unsafe, or vulnerable
Feelings of guilt
Decreased energy or interest in things
Increased use of alcohol or other substances
Fear of being alone
If you are experiencing any of the above reactions please recognize that these are NORMAL reactions to ABNORMAL events! Try some of the adaptive coping actions listed below to help you get through this difficult situation.
If symptoms persist or you are concerned about your reactions to an event, talking to a counselor can help. Call Counseling Services, 717-291-4083, to schedule an appointment.