Strong feelings are normal

Traumatic incidents may trigger different emotional, physical and psychological reactions in Victorians who were directly and indirectly impacted.

These strong feelings are normal, and on most occasions they will subside within a few weeks as part of the body’s natural healing and recovery process.

The way you recover from trauma depends on many things, such as the type and severity of the traumatic event, how much support is available, other stressors in your life, your level of resilience, and whether you have experienced traumatic experiences before. 

There are many strategies you can try to cope with these strong feelings. Recognise that you have had a distressing or frightening experience, and rest, exercise, talk with friends, family and other community members, or seek professional help. Our Trauma reaction and recovery factsheet has more information on coping with traumatic events.

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Trauma - reaction and recovery

It's normal to have strong reactions after being involved in or witnessing a distressing or frightening event, but there are many things you can do to cope with and recover from trauma.

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Trauma and families

When a family is affected by a crisis, everyone in the family will react in a different way. If your family has experienced or witnessed a distressing event find out how you can help them recover.

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Trauma and teenagers - tips for parents

Teenagers handle trauma differently to younger children or adults. Teenagers can experience strong and difficult emotions while they recover, such as moodiness and sensitivity.

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Dealing with grief and loss

Feelings of grief and loss can have a great effect on your physical health, your mental wellbeing, your financial situation and much more. It is important to acknowledge that these feelings are completely normal.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder

PTSD develops in some people after they experience or witness an event that threatens their life or safety, or that of others around them.

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Survivor reactions to traumatic events

If you have survived a traumatic event, whether you were injured or physically unharmed, it is important to recognise that trauma also causes emotional harm.

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Grief

It is important to recognise that grief is a normal experience and that the process of grieving does require experiencing the pain that accompanies the loss of a loved one. Grief is a journey, not a destination.

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Grief and children

Children can experience grief and loss from a very young age. Like adults, children have their own ways of grieving. It is important to recognise that your child has feelings of grief and to help them express those feelings.

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Depression

Depression is more than just a low mood – it's a serious condition that has an impact on both physical and mental health. The sooner a person with depression seeks support, the sooner they can recover.

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Its okay to feel sad

Being sad doesn’t mean you are not coping with a situation. It is an important emotion that can help you adapt, accept, focus, persevere and grow.

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