It is not unusual to feel bad after a frightening experience. Here are some examples of frightening experiences:
- Someone threatened you, tortured you, or was violent towards you.
- You witnessed someone threatening, torturing, or being violent towards other people.
- You suddenly lost a close friend or member of your family.
- You experienced war, a natural disaster, or an accident.
People react to things differently. You may not feel well after a frightening experience, while someone else may not be as affected. You might start feeling bad right after it happens, or you could experience side effects a long time later.
How you might be affected by a frightening experience
- You have trouble sleeping and have nightmares.
- You think about the horrible thing that happened often. It may feel very real.
- You feel sad or angry often.
- You get a strong sense of fear that comes on suddenly and you can feel in your body.
- You have trouble concentrating.
- You feel stiff or have pain in your body.
- You avoid things or situations that remind you of what happened.
- You avoid other people, sometimes even your own family.
- You feel like nothing makes you happy, or that nothing matters.