Coping with Traumatic Death

however, it’s important to recognize when they become more serious. When people are exposed to a traumatic event, they frequently suffer psychological consequences such as depression or anxiety. Additionally, some people experience recurrent and ongoing recollections of depression and anxiety can be harmful but are very treatable. Sometimes these feelings may lead to thoughts of suicide or death. If they do, it is time to ask for help immediately. You may be driving in your car and suddenly have thoughts of the crash or perceive sensations (images, smells) that “bring you back” to the crash. You may wake-up in the middle of the night in a panic due to a nightmare. Moments like these typically come about without warning and over time can cause you to avoid situations that you connect with the crash or these recurrences. You may feel on edge, anxious or always ready to react. Recollections can be so painful and scary that they disrupt your normal activities and relationships. Trauma victims/survivors who consistently experience all of these symptoms for at least one month or longer may be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder that is diagnosed by a mental health professional. If you believe you may be suffering from PTSD it is important to seek professional help as PTSD is treatable with a combination of therapies. Serious issues are treatable. the trauma, which can obviously lead to distress. Clinical


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