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Your loved one may have been involved in an emotion-charged event, often known as a critical incident. He/She may be experiencing normal stress responses to such an event (critical incident stress). Critical incident stress affects up to 87% of all emergency personnel exposed to a critical incident. No one in emergency services is immune from critical incident stress, regardless of past experiences or years of service. Your loved one may experience critical incident stress at any time during his/her career.
Critical Incident Stress Information for Significant Others
*indicates need for medical attention
Chest pain, difficulty breathing.*
Rapid heart rate, rapid breathing.
increased blood pressure.
dizziness, profuse Sweating.*
upset stomach, diarrhea.
sleep disturbances, headaches.
tremors (lips, hands).*
Recognize the signs of stress
Our bodies often react to cis before we're aware of it. here are some common signs and symptons of stress reactions