Stages of Trauma and Recovery
The following stages of trauma and recovery are generalizations.9 Not all victims will follow the same patterns or the same timeframe. Each individual reacts differently. Some may never experience certain symptoms, some may fluctuate between stages, and some may become stuck in a particular stage. Use the information on stages as a guide to attain a general understanding of how victims may be feeling and what they might be experiencing.
- Pre-Impact Terror
- Shock or Acute Stage of Trauma
- Denial or Outward Adjustment