Any event that is outside of our normal experience and overwhelms our coping skills can be experienced as traumatic. When a person experiences a trauma, they can experience an acute stress response that is a normal reaction to a very abnormal event. The acute stress response may last from several hours to several days. Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Disoriented thinking
- Intrusive thoughts about the event
- Dreams or nightmares about the event
- Irrational fears
- Avoidance of places or activities related to the incident
- Feelings of insecurity
- Pronounced startle response
Some events that can cause trauma are:
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Near death experiences
- Perceived threat to person or status (robbery, mugging, harassment)
- Being fired or downsized
- Hearing or witnessing violence (that is, you were not the one physically victimized)
- Being exposed to the horrific or gruesome
- Natural disasters
Seeking professional counseling after experiencing a traumatic event is crucial in assuring that the most negative impact of the trauma is mitigated. It can also help prevent the individual from developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
At The Men’s Center, we will partner with you to support your healing process.
- Surviving Sexual Violence & Child Abuse
- Critical Incidence Stress Debriefings
The Men’s Center welcomes people of all backgrounds. If you have questions or comments about our services, or if you want to learn more about how The Men’s Center can help you or someone close to you, please contact us.
The Men’s Center. A Place for Healing, Mindfulness & Possibilities.