There are many times when people will find themselves dealing with extreme stress. Similarly, there are many causes for that high level of stress and anxiety to appear. Let’s take one example which is when a disaster occurs, and it is these types of situations that can produce unusual amounts of stress Strong denial and symptoms of shock are a couple of the more common reactions to those events. In the immediate aftermath one may be more dominate than the other. However, it is also important to realize that those two reactions are natural responses designed to offer protection to the individual. There are other points to think about that also concern dealing with extreme stress.
The majority of disasters happen quickly and can be overwhelming for people and resources dealing with it. Look at the undersea earthquake and tsunami that overwhelmed northern Japan. That disaster is an example of thousands of people inflicted with extreme trauma. The majority of people never see a need to understand emotional injury and the reactions it can cause, so are unprepared to deal with it, even though knowledge of that information is extremely helpful. In that case, seeking professional assistance of some kind can make a huge difference. It is highly beneficial when the affected person becomes aware that something is wrong within themselves and understand they can do something about it. The value of personal support systems is something we have discussed in other articles. Through communication and showing empathy our friend and family can be very helpful and make a positive impact. The reason for this is because talking about the traumatic experience really is a positive coping mechanism. Just a word of caution though about the personal support approach. The results may not be as positive in members of that support have a shared experience that was extremely stressful or traumatic. This may not hold true however if the other person is doing well in dealing with the trauma.
There are positive ways for an adult who is dealing with an unusually extreme stress situation to overcome it. You are not at a loss in terms of retaining some degree of control over your life. One of the first things to learn is that some of the emotions you might be experiencing may seem overly intense. You might find that because of the cause of stress that a typically normal situation could trigger an stress reaction. As well as being aware of the kinds of reactions you might have it also is important to accept what has happened as well. Being aware is vital so that you are able to comprehend what you are experiencing.
There are a variety of ways to treat extreme stress, and it differs within the age groups of child, teen and adult. All age categories and especially young children would benefit from professional treatment. Depending on the nature of the trauma, there may need to be ongoing long term support for adults and teens as well. A personal support system made up of family and good friends can be extremely beneficial helping in recovery no matter what kind of case.
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