Monday, June 1, 2015

Anticipatory Trauma


Reactions to anticipatory trauma:
o Emotional

  • ■ Fear
  • ■ Anger
  • ■ Confusion
  • ■ Hopelessness
  • ■ Loss of control
  • ■ Numbness
  • ■ Moodiness
  • ■ Irritability
  • ■ Guilt

o Behavioral

  • ■ Social withdrawal
  • ■ Disruption of daily activities
  • ■ Easily startled or jumpy
  • ■ Easily cry

o Cognitive

  • ■ Thoughts preoccupied with anticipation of trauma
  • ■ Difficulty concentrating
  • ■ Low self esteem
  • ■ Indecisiveness
  • ■ Poor memory recall

o Somatic

  • ■ Muscle tension
  • ■ Headaches
  • ■ Gastric problems
  • ■ Irregular sleep and appetite
  • ■ Fatigue


Treatment Techniques
o Social support:
o Physical self-care

  • ■ Exercise
  • ■ Eating healthy
  • ■ Regular sleep

o Spirituality
o Meditation or Guided Relaxation
o Positive self talk
o Humor






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