Life threatening trauma causes Post-traumatic stress
disorder. PTSD can emerge after a terrifying event ex: car accident, terrorist attack, or combat. The person sometimes
starts re-experiencing the same reactions to the horrifying event.
PTSD was previously called shell shock, combat fatigue and first recognized in 1980. Veterans sometimes
experience flashbacks, nightmares, social with-drawal and can be haunted years after the trauma.
The mind also has a way of minimizing pain after
an unpleasant event has occurred. Writing down your thoughts and feelings brings comfort. You may want to start
seeing a counselor and in extreme cases take medicine.
Having a social net and a coping strategy appear to offer some protection. A religious leader is also a good person to talk to
during your loss he or she can offer
you support and guidance.