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Psychological Shock

Psychological shock, or mental shock, is a condition in response to a traumatic event. The shock comes from witnessing a traumatic event that induces a strong emotional response within an individual.  

Emotional Symptoms

-Shock, denial, or disbelief.

-Confusion and difficulty concentrating.

-Anger, irritability, and mood swings.

-Anxiety and fear.

-Withdrawing from others.

-Feeling sad or hopeless.

-Feeling disconnected or numb.

Physical Symptoms

Insomnia or nightmares.


-Being easily startled.

-Difficulty concentrating.

-Racing heartbeat.

-Edginess and agitation.

-Aches and pains.

-Muscle tension.


There is no specific time it will take to heal from psychological shock or trauma.  The natural reaction for a loss is grief. The following are a list of tips that can aid in the grief process.

Do not isolate.

Ask for support.

-Reconnect with old friends.

Join a support group.

Make new friends.


Although difficult, connecting with others face-to-face helps with healing.  This does not mean having to talk about the trauma, but rather maintaining relationships. Avoiding isolation is helpful in the healing process.

Self-regulate your nervous system

No matter how nervous or out of control you feel, it is important to know how to calm yourself down.

Practice mindful breathing. Take 60 breaths. Focus your attention on each out breath.

Keep yourself grounded. Sit in a chair and feel your feet on your ground. Feel your back against the chair.  Look around and notice 6 items around the room as you are breathing. Notice when your breathing slows down.

Allow yourself to feel what you are feeling when you feel it. Acknowledge your feelings about the trauma as they arise and accept them.  

Take Care of Your Health

Get plenty of sleep, avoid substance use, eat a well balanced diet, exercise 30 minutes a day, and  schedule reduce stress-reducing activities.

If you have endured any kind of traumatic event that would cause you to go into psychological shock, we are here for you!  Please do not hesitate to reach out to Amy Wine Counseling Center at 832.421.8714. We are all in this together!

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