everyone has been through a stressful event in his or her life. When the
event, or series of events, causes a lot of stress, it is called a traumatic
event. Traumatic events are marked by a sense of horror, helplessness, serious
injury, or the threat of serious injury or death. Traumatic events affect
survivors, rescue workers, and the friends and relatives of victims who have
been involved. They may also have an impact on people who have seen the event
either firsthand or on television.
personís response to a traumatic event may vary. Responses include feelings
of fear, grief and depression. Physical and behavioral responses include
nausea, dizziness, and changes in appetite and sleep pattern as well as
withdrawal from daily activities. Responses to trauma can last for weeks to
months before people start to feel normal again.
Most people report feeling better within three months after a traumatic event. If the problems become worse or last longer than one month after the event, the person may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
stress disorder (PTSD) is an intense physical and emotional response to
thoughts and reminders of the event that last for many weeks or months after
the traumatic event. The symptoms of PTSD fall into three broad types:
re-living, avoidance and increased arousal.
symptoms linked with PTSD include: panic attacks, depression, suicidal thought
and feelings, drug abuse, feelings of being estranged and isolated, and not
being able to complete daily tasks.
many things you can do to cope with traumatic events.
of those with PTSD recover within three months without treatment. Sometimes
symptoms do not go away on their own or they last for more than three months.
This may happen because of the severity of the event, direct exposure to the
traumatic event, seriousness of the threat to life, the number of times an
event happened, a history of past trauma, and psychological problems before
You may need to consider seeking professional help if your symptoms affect your relationship with your family and friends, or affect your job. If you suspect that you or someone you know has PTSD, talk with a health care provider or call your local mental health clinic.
Medications and Medical Supplies
If you take medicine or use a medical treatment on a daily basis, be sure you have what you need to make it on your own for at least a week, maybe longer.
Include copies of important documents in your emergency supply kits such as family records, medical records, wills, deeds, social security number, charge and bank accounts information and tax records.