Should you experience any of these reactions beyond four weeks, please inform an adult, counsellor or contact your family doctor, immediately:
- Consistent nightmares of the event.
- Continually having thoughts, perceptions and images of the event that stress you out.
- Acting or feeling as if the traumatic event was recurring (flashbacks, illusions, hallucinations, etc.).
- Becoming fearful or angry when something reminds you of the event.
- 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.
- Efforts to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated to the trauma.
- Efforts to avoid activities, places, or conversations that make you think about the trauma.
- Can’t remember certain things about the trauma.
- Loss of interest or participation in significant activities.
- Feeling lonely or not wanting to be around others.
- Unable to have loving feelings or not wanting to get close to others.
- 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:
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
- Grouchy or outbursts of anger.
- Difficulty concentrating.
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.