Traumas are overwhelming experiences for families, whether the whole family has gone through the experience or only one family member. Some examples of trauma that families may face:
• global disaster
• life transition
• local disaster
During these times families need extra support to manage the complicated emotions and easily misunderstood feelings that can arise.
Examples of common reactions to trauma are:
•feeling as if you are in a state of ‘high alert’ and are ‘on watch’ for anything else that might happen
•feeling emotionally numb, as if in a state of ‘shock’
•becoming emotional and upset
•feeling extremely fatigued and tired
•feeling very stressed and/or anxious
•being very protective of others including family and friends
•not wanting to leave a particular place for fear of ‘what might happen’.