The painful feelings are a normal reaction to traumatic events and are part of the natural healing process. There's very little you can do to make yourself not experience these uncomfortable feelings, but there are things you can do to promote a healthy recovery. If you have experienced an intense traumatic situation recently, you may experience some of these reactions:
Fatigue, not sleeping or too much sleeping, a low level of activity or hyperactivity, headaches, nightmares, startle reactions, exhaustion, diarrhea.
Difficulty concentrating, solving problems or making decisions, troubles with memory or flashbacks of the trauma.
Fear, guilt, emotional numbing or over sensitivity, anger, irritability, anxiety, depression, violent fantasies, feelings of helplessness, amnesia for the event.
If a friend you are helping is experiencing these feelings and they are interfering with their daily life or prohibiting them from enjoying activities they once found pleasurable, you may wish to consult Counseling Services.