Physical symptoms
Changes in eating and sleeping behaviors are common during times of crisis. These changes may take the form of loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping, or the opposite: overeating and difficulty getting oneself out of bed in the morning. Stomachaches, unease, muscle tension, headaches, and difficulty with body temperature control may all accompany crisis.

Fixated thinking
One of the main characteristics of a crisis is the inability to stop thinking about what we are experiencing. We are incapable of thinking about anything but the crisis and the way that we feel about it, and these thoughts tend to be cyclical without leading to problem solving solutions. This constant thinking usually heightens feelings of distress and makes it more difficult for us to find solutions to the situation.

Feelings of hopelessness
During a crisis it is common to feel a lack of hope and general pessimism, and it is often difficult to believe that things will ever improve.

Difficulty concentrating
In many cases the crisis makes it difficult for us to concentrate, follow what other people are saying or apply ourselves to work that requires concentrated thought.

Social isolation
During a crisis we often tend to feel completely alone, and that no one really understands us. This causes us to further remove ourselves from social situations and support and can make the situation even worse. Talking to someone about the way that you feel is often the first step toward getting over the crisis.

Seeking Help
Assess how you are feeling. If you are feeling sad, stressed, angry, or helpless to an extent that it interferes with your ability to function, or affects your enjoyment of your life, it may be time to ask for help. The METIV clinic offers treatment by professionals who specialize in trauma and crisis management.