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Coping with stress after a traumatic event; tip sheet 2013
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    Common stress reactions to a traumatic event -- Ways to cope with stress after a traumatic event -- Signs that more help may be needed.

    Traumatic events take different forms--natural disasters (earthquakes, tornados, wildfires), personal loss, school shootings, and community violence--and their effects on us vary. People may feel sad, confused, scared, or worried. Others may feel numb or even happy to be alive and safe. Reactions to traumatic events can be had by those directly impacted as well as by friends and family of victims, first responders, and people learning about the events from the news. Feeling stressed before or after a traumatic event is normal. But, this stress becomes a problem when we are unable to cope well with it and when the stress gets in the way of taking care of ourselves and family, going to school, or doing our jobs. Coping well with stress begins with recognizing how we are reacting and then by taking steps to manage our reactions in a healthy way.

    CDC-INFO Pub ID 221600

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