Warning Signs of
Trauma-Related Stress

by the American Psychological Association

Individuals who have experienced a traumatic event oftentimes suffer psychological stress related to the incident. In most instances, these are normal reactions to abnormal situations. Individuals who feel they are unable to regain control of their lives, or who experience the following symptoms for more than a month, should consider seeking outside professional mental health assistance. The American Red Cross is now working with mental health professionals trained in trauma. For information or areferral, contact the local American Red Cross chapter or the American Psychological Association at 202/336-5800.

APA gratefully acknowledges Richard Tanenbaurn Ph.D, Deborah DeWolfe Ph.D, & Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D, for their contributions to this fact sheet.