Friday, September 4, 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