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    Stress Information Sheet

    At ABC Company, we have all experienced a traumatic event that has caused strong reactions with the potential to interfere with our ability to function normally. Even though the event seems to be over, we may be experiencing now or may experience later a number of reactions. It is very common, in fact it is completely normal for all of us to experience a number of aftershocks after this horrible event.

    Sometimes these aftershocks (or stress reactions) appear immediately and briefly. Sometimes they do not occur for several days, weeks or months after the end seems to have ended. These variations in timing are also completely normal.

    The strength of the signals and feelings of these stress reactions vary. The understanding and the support of loved ones, friends and coworkers usually causes the reactions to pass more quickly. Occasionally, the traumatic event is so painful and overwhelming that professional assistance may be necessary. This is not mean you are weak or “crazy.” It simply indicates that this particular event had such a powerful personal effect that you can’t handle it completely alone.

    Thinking Distress Signals

    • Confused thinking
    • Difficulty making decisions or solving problems
    • Disorientation
    • Nightmares
    • Suspiciousness
    • Intruding images
    • Blaming someone
    • Poor attention span
    • Difficulty identifying objects/people
    • Heightened or reduced alertness
    • Heightened or reduced awareness of problems
      or job risks

    Physical Distress Signals

    • Excessive sweating
    • Dizzy spells
    • Increased heart rate/breathing rate
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Chest pain, discomfort
    • Muscle tremors
    • Grinding teeth
    • Difficulty seeing
    • Headaches

    Emotional Distress Signals

    • Fear, panic, anxiety
    • Guilt
    • Denial
    • Agitation, irritability
    • Depression, intense anger
    • Apprehension
    • Emotional outbursts
    • Feeling overwhelmed, out of control
    • Displaying inappropriate emotions

    Behavioral Distress Signals

    • Becoming withdrawn
    • Antisocial actions
    • Inability to rest, erratic, intensified actions
    • Changes in speech patterns
    • Loss of or intense increase in appetite
    • Being hyperalert
    • Increases in alcohol, drug or other
      substances
    • Changes in aggressiveness
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