Oct 03, 2011 - 2:45 pm
What many of us are suffering from is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is separate from the grieving.
There are (3) phases to recovery:
1. Impact phase - victims react to protect themselves and the lives of others - a natural reaction; or, may be stunned and unable to protect themselves.
2. Immediate post-disaster phase - rescue activity begins, first sign of disaster's (death's) effect on viction's mental health appear - Emotional responses to stressors.
3. Recovery phase - prolonged period of adjustment to return to normal; time depends on extent of devastation, ability to recover - Physical responses to stressors show up.
At 9 months since my husband's passing I am somewhere between phases 2 and 3.
Where are you?