Traumatic Stress

The hallmark behaviors of the normal traumatic stress response include:

  1. startle response (hyper-vigilance)
  2. intrusive thoughts about the event
  3. efforts to regulate emotions

DSA Resources

Overview: Post Traumatic Growth
Traumatic growth in the wake of very disturbing or traumatic incidents represents a relatively new area of research and counseling interest. The normal trauma response may be understood as an evolutionarily inherited mechanism designed for protection and learning. The hallmark behaviors of the normal traumatic stress response include: 1. startle response (hyper-vigilance) 2. intrusive thoughts about the event 3. efforts to regulate emotions

External Resources

American Psychological Association - PTSD
Canadian Psychological Association - Basic Information on Traumatic Stress

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