What are common reactions to stressful events?

Common reactions to a stressful event include:

  • disbelief and shock
  • tension and irritability
  • fear and anxiety about the future
  • difficulty making decisions
  • being numb to one’s feelings
  • loss of interest in normal activities
  • loss of appetite
  • nightmares and recurring thoughts about the event
  • anger
  • increased use of alcohol and drugs
  • sadness and other symptoms of depression
  • feeling powerless
  • crying
  • sleep problems
  • headaches, back pains, and stomach problems
  • trouble concentrating

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