The Silent Scream
We all face stress every day of our lives. Some traumatic events could be of a personal nature:
- a near-miss accident or sudden and unexpected redundancy
- an unexpected loss or death
- a fire or flood at home or work
- a violent incident
- an attack or intrusion
- people suddenly finding themselves ‘out of their depth'
Or the stress could come from witnessing the increasing number major catastrophic events around the world. Whether that be floods, earthquakes or threats of terrorism; events which our staff may have been nowhere near, but the more of these horrors they are exposed to, the more they are likely to show symptoms of stress and trauma.
Carole Spiers defines ‘trauma' as an abnormal experience that is deeply disturbing. She acknowledges that there are some professions (such as the emergency services or armed forces) which by their very nature make it more likely that staff will be confronted with traumatic events and are hopefully trained to deal with the aftermath. But survivors, bystanders, witnesses and even helpers may not have had that training and could suffer delayed reaction.
Emotional reactions may include: guilt...for not having done more; for having survived when others did not anger... at what has happened; whoever caused or allowed it to happen; the injustice or senselessness of it; not being understood fear...of breaking down or losing control; or of a similar event happening again and ...not being able to cope, shame... for not having reacted as you might have wanted to; feeling helpless and emotional. All totally natural reactions.
Different people react differently to events, but the good news is that although there is a pattern that follows a traumatic event, with appropriate support, equilibrium can be restored. Once people are helped to understand:
- the nature of trauma
- how to recognise and acknowlede post-trauma symptoms
- knowing that while the incident experienced was ‘abnormal', the resulting reactions and feelings are ‘normal' or natural reactions
- that accepting support will make the journey a whole lot quicker and easier
then recovery is just a step away.
If this title resonated with you; if you have experienced a traumatic event and don't feel you have totally come to terms with it, this book is highly recommended to help you move past the symptoms and through to your journey of recovery.
About the Author
Author of ‘Show Stress Who’s Boss!’
Carole is a leading authority on workplace stress, sought after BBC guest-Broadcaster and motivational speaker. She shows managers and staff how to maintain their competitive advantage by achieving a healthy work life balance.