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Types of Shock

What is It?

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Shock, or trauma, is when a person experiences an overwhelming event resulting in extreme physical, phycological, or emotional distress. When undergoing shock, your body may react depending on how the trauma affects your well-being. This Is a normal, but sudden response, and is categorized as: Fight, Fright, Flight, Freeze, or Faint. Your body instinctively kicks into survival mode and may give you one of these responses.

The fight response releases adrenaline throughout your system in order to ward off or “fight” the threat. An example would be a wild animal attack, causing a fight trauma response to increase your chance of survival.

Fight:

The flight response releases stress hormones that signal the body and mind to suddenly run from the danger or threat. One example would be a sudden fire or explosion: your survival instincts might cause you to get away as fast as you can.

Flight:

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How to Cope with Shock:

Recovering from any traumatic or shocking event will take time, but it is important to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally to give yourself time to heal.

Here are some strategies when dealing with emotional shock:

 

  • Surround yourself with loved ones and supportive people

  • Place yourself in a safe space

  • Stay hydrated and eat

  • Seek comfort in pets or enjoyable hobbies

  • Do not overwhelm yourself with pressure. Ease yourself out of your trauma in a comforting way

The freeze/fright response causes the body to be temporarily paralyzed and unable to move. Instead of running away or fighting, the body freezes up and leaves one immobilized. A common example of this is “stage fright” or freezing in front of large groups of people.

Fright/Freeze:

The faint response causes one to be completely unresponsive any may even faint. It is possible for the “Fright/Freeze” response to trigger into the faint response. Seeing blood or an injection may cause the faint response.

Faint: