Coping with Trauma
Danger can strike in a variety of forms. Man-made catastrophes may include school shootings, terror attacks, and biochemical warfare. Some examples of natural disasters are earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, volcanic eruptions, and tornadoes. After one of these large-scale disasters, many people might find themselves without a home or missing loved ones. After any distressing or life-threatening event, psychological trauma can set in. Sufferers may develop emotional issues, such as extreme anxiety, anger, sadness, survivor’s guilt, or PTSD. They may have ongoing problems with sleep or physical pain, trouble with their personal and professional relationships, and low self-esteem issues. Research on trauma outlines several healthy ways of coping, such as avoiding alcohol and drugs, seeing loved ones regularly, exercising, sleeping, and other methods of self-care. There are people who are able to overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.