Once you have experienced a Critical Incident, or traumatic experience, it is important to listen to your body and intuition. Critical Incident stress (CIS), sometimes called Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), needs to be recognized and responded to, not feared and avoided. Remember, trauma does not need to rise to the level of 9/11, natural disaster, or the Columbine shootings to trigger a trauma response; it can also arise from:
- Job loss
- Being a victim of even a minor crime
- Intense grief
- Exposure to upsetting images (sometimes on the news or internet)
- Please Contact Us if you are not certain about your situation
Traumatic Stress Recovery is based on Stress Management and is additionally designed to get you through the difficult stages of traumatic stress fatigue. We will outline how to recognize traumatic stress symptoms, target specific steps that you can take to return to normalcy, and evaluate your support system. Once you have returned to normalcy, use your stress management skills to help steer clear of the red zone of excessive stress. Some signs of excessive/traumatic stress are:
- Pounding heart
- Panic attacks
- Frequent disorientation
- Pronounced clumsiness
- Feeling “disconnected” from reality
- Increased drug/alcohol use
- Feeling extremely “jumpy”
Why Stress Relief Austin?
We have the highest level of certification to deal with Critical Incident and Traumatic stress (CISM/D-Advanced, ICISF). Having responded to thousands of people impacted by traumatic stress ranging from unexpected death and grief, to the IRS Plane crash, we understand that you may not want to relive the experience itself; responding to traumatic stress does not need to involve reliving the experience; knowing what you are going through and knowing how to respond helps you to move ahead with life. Reviewing the experience too much can cause secondary trauma.
If you have are experiencing traumatic stress, or secondary trauma, please Contact Us as soon as possible to schedule an intervention to help you.
Or call (512) 920-3083