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Signs & Symptoms of Stress

       You have experienced a traumatic event or a critical incident (any event that causes unusually strong emotional reactions that have the potential to interfere with the ability to function normally). Even though the Event may be over, you may now be experiencing or may experience later, some strong emotional or physical reactions. It is very common, in fact quite normal, for people to experience emotional aftershocks when they have passed through a horrible event. 

       Sometimes the emotional aftershocks (or stress reactions) appear immediately after the traumatic event. Sometimes they may appear a few hours or a few days later. And, in some cases, weeks or months may pass before the stress reactions appear. The signs and symptoms of a stress reaction may last a few days, a few weeks, a few months, or longer, depending on the severity of the traumatic event. The understanding and the support of loved ones usually cause the stress reactions to pass more quickly. Occasional I y, the traumatic event is so painful that professional assistance may be necessary. This does not imply craziness or weakness. It simply indicates that the particular event was just too powerful for the person to manage by himself.

Here are some common signs and signals of a stress reaction:

 

Physical*

Cognitive

Emotional

Behavioral

       
Chills Confusion Fear Withdrawl
Thirst Nightmares Guilt Antisocial acts
Fatigue Uncertainty Grief Inability to Rest
Nausea Hypervigilance Panic Intensified Pacing
Fainting Suspiciousness Denial Erratic Movements
Twitches Intrusive images Anxiety Change in Social Activity
Vomiting Blaming someone Agitation Change in Speech Patterns
Dizziness Poor problem solving Irritability Loss or Increase in appetite
Weakness Poor attention/ decisions Deppression Hyperalert to environment
Chest Pain Poor concentration/memory Intense anger Increased alcohol consumption
Headaches Disorientation of time, place, or person Apprehension Change in usual communications
Elevated BP Difficulty identifying objects or people Emotional Shock  
Rapid Heart Rate Hightened or lowered alertness Emotional Outbursts  
muscle Tremor increased or decreased awareness or surroundings Feeling Overwhelmed  
Shock Symptoms   Loss of emotional control  
Grinding of teeth   Innapropriate emmotional response  
Visual Difficulties      
Profuse Sweating      
Difficulty Breathing      

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Call: 202-505-2476 (CISM)

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Email: CISM@NATCA.net

OWCP

It is always recommended you file a CA-1 form in the event of an incident or accident. Signs and symptoms may occur immediately but could be delayed months or even years.

Further information regarding OWCP can be found on the NATCA website's OWCP Page.