Signs & Symptoms of Stress
You have experienced a traumatic event or a critical incident (any event that causes unusually strong emotional reactions that have the potential to interfere with the ability to function normally). Even though the Event may be over, you may now be experiencing or may experience later, some strong emotional or physical reactions. It is very common, in fact quite normal, for people to experience emotional aftershocks when they have passed through a horrible event.
Sometimes the emotional aftershocks (or stress reactions) appear immediately after the traumatic event. Sometimes they may appear a few hours or a few days later. And, in some cases, weeks or months may pass before the stress reactions appear. The signs and symptoms of a stress reaction may last a few days, a few weeks, a few months, or longer, depending on the severity of the traumatic event. The understanding and the support of loved ones usually cause the stress reactions to pass more quickly. Occasional I y, the traumatic event is so painful that professional assistance may be necessary. This does not imply craziness or weakness. It simply indicates that the particular event was just too powerful for the person to manage by himself.
Here are some common signs and signals of a stress reaction:
|Fatigue||Uncertainty||Grief||Inability to Rest|
|Twitches||Intrusive images||Anxiety||Change in Social Activity|
|Vomiting||Blaming someone||Agitation||Change in Speech Patterns|
|Dizziness||Poor problem solving||Irritability||Loss or Increase in appetite|
|Weakness||Poor attention/ decisions||Deppression||Hyperalert to environment|
|Chest Pain||Poor concentration/memory||Intense anger||Increased alcohol consumption|
|Headaches||Disorientation of time, place, or person||Apprehension||Change in usual communications|
|Elevated BP||Difficulty identifying objects or people||Emotional Shock|
|Rapid Heart Rate||Hightened or lowered alertness||Emotional Outbursts|
|muscle Tremor||increased or decreased awareness or surroundings||Feeling Overwhelmed|
|Shock Symptoms||Loss of emotional control|
|Grinding of teeth||Innapropriate emmotional response|