Emotional Reactions After a Traumatic Event

In light of recent tragedies in the news, BHS has put together the below information on coping with traumatic events.

After experiencing and learning about the recent tragedies in the Orlando-area, it is normal to have a flood of emotions. It is important to understand the reactions you may experience in the following days and weeks, and learn how to effectively cope with them.

Many people experience feelings of shock and disbelief immediately following a traumatic event. These reactions are normal and even help you cope with the immediate situation. Following shock and disbelief, other emotions and reactions begin to set in such as anxiety, depression, anger, flashbacks and behavior changes. Many people even experience physical symptoms like headaches, stomachaches and tiredness.

Coping Techniques

The following coping techniques can help restore your sense of control and well-being:

  • Get support from people you love and trust. Talking about the event can help you process it.
  • Use company resources, like your Employee Assistance Program, to help navigate this difficult time.
  • Give yourself time. You have suffered a tremendous shock and can’t be expected to “bounce back” quickly. Be patient with yourself and ask others to be patient, too.
  • Try not to compare yourself with others. Everyone reacts differently to traumatic experiences.
  • Avoid using alcohol or non-prescription drugs to handle your emotions.
  • Take care of yourself. Eat well-balanced meals as best you can, get rest and try to get some exercise.
  • Consider joining a support group. Talking with others who have undergone traumatic experiences can be helpful. You can ask your BHS Care Coordinator to help you find a group.


Getting Help

Some people manage to get through the aftermath of a traumatic event using their own support systems. Others find that professional help allows them to gain a sense of control and emotional well-being. If you are experiencing overwhelming feelings of sadness, anger or despair, it is important to seek professional help immediately. Your BHS Care Coordinator can assist you with getting the help and resources you need. Call your Coordinator today at 800-245-1150.