Traumatic Stress

Traumatic stress is the reaction to a traumatic event. It refers to our feelings, thoughts, actions, and physical reactions when we’re exposed to, or witness, events that overwhelm our ability to cope.

The aim of this guide is to provide information concerning (1) the differences between stress and traumatic stress, (2) the signs and symptoms of traumatic stress, (3) the types of situations that often cause traumatic stress, and (4) strategies and interventions that are helpful to individuals recovering from traumatic events.