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It is not uncommon for people who have been closely involved in a crisis or traumatic situation to experience unusual emotional detachment in order to cope and function. Some other typical reactions might include:

  • Reactions to Traumatic EventsIrritability/anger
  • Preoccupation with the event and one’s role in it
  • Depression
  • Guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional "numbness"
  • Silence/withdrawal
  • Sleep disturbances/nightmares
  • Change in personal work habits
  • Poor concentration
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty with details

Common Reactions to Trauma