Recognizing Post-Traumatic Stress

Dealing with psychological aftereffects of traumatic events

While the tornado that devastated our community took lives and left many physical scars, it also affected the way people feel. Below is a list of normal reactions to a traumatic event, tips for managing stress, and signs that you may need assistance.

Normal reactions to a traumatic event

  • Sadness
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Attempting to override stress and fatigue with dedication and commitment
  • Denial of the need for rest and recovery time

Tips for managing stress

  • Limit on-duty work hours to no more than 12 hours per day
  • Rotate work from high-stress to lower-stress functions as practicable
  • Drink plenty of water and eat healthy meals and snacks
  • Get plenty of rest and normal exercise
  • Talk about your emotions to process what you have seen and done
  • Stay in touch with friends and family
  • Make use of available community resources
  • Call Ozark Center for counseling services at 417.347.7600

Signs that you may need assistance

  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Difficulty communicating thoughts
  • Becoming easily frustrated and/or uncharacteristically argumentative
  • Inability to problem solve and/or make decisions
  • Increased use of drug or alcohol
  • Headaches
  • Inability to perform normal tasks of daily living or working
  • Things falling apart such as martial problems, family contact, loss of friendships, or problems at work
  • Preoccupation with the traumatic event interferes with life activities
  • Feelings of hopelessness or depression

Where to find help
Ozark Center licensed crisis counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call:

  • 417.347.7070
  • 417.347.7720
  • 800.247.0661