When to Get Help

Should you experience any of these reactions beyond four weeks, please inform an adult, counsellor or contact your family doctor, immediately:

    1. Consistent nightmares of the event.
    2. Continually having thoughts, perceptions and images of the event that stress you out.
    3. Acting or feeling as if the traumatic event was recurring (flashbacks, illusions, hallucinations, etc.).
    4. Becoming fearful or angry when something reminds you of the event.
    5. Do you have difficulty breathing, feel faint, feel nausea when something reminds you of the event.

Numbing and Avoidance:

Avoiding things that are associated to the event or numbing out others and things.

    1. Efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated to the trauma.
    2. Efforts to avoid activities, places, or conversations that make you think about the trauma.
    3. Can’t remember certain things about the trauma.
    4. Loss of interest or participation in significant activities.
    5. Feeling lonely or not wanting to be around others.
    6. Unable to have loving feelings or not wanting to get close to others.
    7. Feeling you’re not able to have a future (e.g. don’t want to go to school, will never graduate, will never get married, etc.)

Signs and Symptoms:

    1. Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
    2. Grouchy or outbursts of anger.
    3. Difficulty concentrating.
    4. Hyperactivity.

These reactions are not at all unusual during the first four weeks following a traumatic event.  Should any of these symptoms persist beyond a 4-8 week period or arise months later, please get to your doctor, guidance counsellor or anyone that can help you find someone for you to talk to.