Shocks are exceptional high impact events that can disturb and disorient a person for life. Ten examples of shock events, the impact of which can persist for years, are:-
- difficulties at birth
- serious accidents
- life threatening illness
- traumatic divorce
- physical or sexual abuse
- sudden job loss
- involvement in war
- the unexpected death of a loved one
- even winning the lottery.
The impact produces both physical and psychological defences that assist survival but reduce capacity to feel and relate. Often the conditions necessary to allow a process of recovery are missing. Recovery stops some way short of completion or sometimes hardly begins at all.
Unresolved shock needs the continuing support and safety of a specialised helping relationship. The workshop will help you assess how necessary that might be for yourself.
Shock produces a degree of stress but ordinary stress management is insufficient for the more traumatic events that result in continuing states of shock. And dealing with the more inevitable and commonplace stressors is much more difficult where unresolved shock is already present.