Dealing with Trauma
It is normal to have strong emotional or physical reactions following a distressing event. On most occasions though, these reactions subside as a part of the body’s natural healing and recovery process. There are many things you can do to help cope with and recover from such an experience.
A traumatic experience is any event in life that causes a threat to our safety and potentially places our own life or the lives of others at risk. As a result, a person experiences high levels of emotional, psychological, and physical distress that temporarily disrupts their ability to function normally in day-to-day life.
Examples of potentially traumatic experiences include:
- natural disasters, such as a bushfire or flood
- being a victim of, or witness to, a crime, act of violence or armed robbery
- being involved in, or witnessing, a serious car or transport accident
- being in an airplane that is forced to make an emergency landing
- being physically assaulted
- being exposed to images, news reports or social media posts of these types of events.
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