When something horrific happens, people “go into shock.” When I say shock, I mean psychological shock or
“Acute stress reaction (also called acute stress disorder, psychological shock, mental shock, or simply shock) is a psychological condition arising in response to a terrifying or traumatic event, or witnessing a traumatic event that arises a strong emotional response within the individual.”
I believe this reaction is your brain trying to make sense of what/where/who/when/why just happened. It takes about 3 days for it to run its course. It takes 3 days before we can “make sense” of it.
When something traumatic occurs, to us, loved ones, even strangers, we try to question it, understand it and figure it out. The truth is, when terrifying things happen, there isn’t always an answer to why it happened. And for us psychologically, that’s problematic.
For ALL those who have been affected by the Oakland Warehouse Fire & the Aftermath, my heart goes out to you.
Please take care of yourself: your physical, mental and emotional needs.
And if you or a loved one needs additional help, please seek out professional help, including trauma and/or grief counseling.
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