What do you notice

Reactions that you may notice

  • Your body reacts: you feel pain, you are tense or very tired.

  • You don’t feel like doing the things you used to enjoy.

  • You feel as if the rug has been pulled from under your feet, the world that once was so familiar and safe suddenly looks completely different.

  • You have contradictory feelings: indignation, anger, resentment, guilt, shame, helplessness.

  • You worry about a lot of things. You are so pre-occupied with these that you can’t let go.

  • You keep thinking back to the event, even when you don’t want to. All sorts of questions continue to haunt you.

  • You have difficulty sleeping and you are possibly also troubled by nightmares.


After they have been through a distressing event, a lot of people are still troubled by it. That’s normal. Most people who go through a distressing event will recover, under their own steam, with the support of the people around them. Even if you react strongly, you will probably start to feel better pretty soon.