Traumatic stress incidents

What is a traumatic stress incident (TSI)?

A traumatic stress incident (TSI) is a critically disturbing or distressing incident that occurs in a person's life causing immense strain on self and often even others.  TSIs can happen at any point in a person's life.  The symptom can be sporadic, unpredictable and if not managed uncontrollable which can lead to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).                    

Traumatic events affect survivors, friends and relatives of victims who have been involved. They can also impact on people who have seen the event firsthand.  

*Examples of TSIs are 1) loss of a loved one- spouse, significant other, child, sibling, grand parent, close friend, colleague, etc., 2) major Illness- cancer, heart attack, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, chronic diseases, etc, 3) major Injury- paralysis, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), burns, loss of limb or function of limb, etc, 4) sexual, physical and/or mental abuse, 5) being involved in or witnessing a traumatic event, 6) divorce, 7) substance abuse.

* Not all inclusive

What are symptoms of a TSI?

·         Cognitive Symptoms can include* 1) confusion, 2) poor decision making, 3) lack of organization, 4) making mistakes, 5) disorientation, 6) poor problem solving, 7) poor concentration, 8) heightened or lowered alertness, 9) difficulty identifying familiar objects or people, 10) memory problems

·         Behavioral symptoms can include* 1) noticeable change in behavior/personality, 2) increased sick days, late arrivals, early departures, 3) intense anger, 4) avoidance or withdrawal, 5) low self-esteem, 6) emotional outbursts, 7) temporary loss or increase of appetite, 8) excessive alcohol and/or drug consumption, 9)inability to rest, pacing, 10) lethargy, no energy

* Not all inclusive

The symptoms can be sporadic and unpredictable.  If not managed, it can become uncontrollable leading to post traumatic stress disorder.  It can also have an impact on people who have witnessed the event first hand.

How can coaching help?

Coaching assists employees in reconnecting internally as they respond to demands externally.  It assists them in finding methods for building a foundation of resiliency so no matter what obstacles they encounter so they have the capacity to move beyond them. 

Life/Executive Coaches work with clients to find success and satisfaction from jobs, homes and/or lives, helping them move forward and meet their life goals.  If a person goes through a trauma, they are changed.  TSI Coaches are specialized Life Coaches helping people to reconnect/reengage in their lives.    

TSI Coaches are NOT therapists, mentors or advisors.  They partner with individuals to create goals and plans to successfully reintegrate and progress forward.

Harmonize Coaching was founded by Trish Perry who has been an executive with 2 Fortune 500 companies, a large public company, as well as midsize and small private companies.  Trish experienced TSIs within several of these companies and realized the lack of resources available to reintegrate back into the workplace.  She is passionate about providing services to individuals who have experienced TSIs so they can create and live the best life they can imagine harmonizing one or all aspects of home, work and life.  Harmonize Coaching makes a positive impact on people’s lives EVERY DAY.

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Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/traumaticincident/, http://www.cdc.gov/masstrauma/factsheets/public/coping.pdf, http://www.fdu.edu/newspubs/magazine/99su/stress.html,https://www.umass.edu/studentlife/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/Helping%20Your%20Employees%20Cope%20With%20Loss.pdf, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/top-10-professional-life-coaching-myths/2/