"Whether or not you were directly affected by a traumatic event, it is normal to feel anxious about your own safety, to picture the event in your own mind, and to wonder how you would react in an emergency. People react in different ways to trauma. Some may become irritable or depressed; others lose sleep or have nightmares; and others may deny their feelings or simply 'blank out' the troubling event. There is no 'right' or 'wrong' way to feel after experiencing trauma. While it may feel better to pretend the event did not happen, in the long run, it is best to be honest about your feelings and to allow yourself to acknowledge the sense of loss and uncertainty. It is important to realize that, while things may seem off balance for a while, your life will return to normal. It is important to talk with someone about your sorrow, anger, and other emotions, even though it may be difficult to get started."
Report Inventory No. KEN01-0092
United States. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://www.samhsa.gov/