Work/Life Connections

When a person experiences, witnesses, or is confronted with an event or situation that involves actual or threatened death, serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others, he or she can experience fear, helplessness, and horror.  PTSD results when effects of exposure to a traumatic event persist beyond one month following the event.

Please answer "Yes" or "No" if you have been exposed to or witnessed a traumatic event and have engaged in or experienced any of the following over the past month on a fairly consistent basis.

  1. Bothered by unwanted memories or nightmares?
  2. Tried to avoid thinking or talking about event?
  3. Sought information or activities related to the event?
  4. Lost pleasure in things you used to enjoy?
  5. Felt numb or had difficulty experiencing feelings?
  6. Had trouble concentrating or focusing
  7. Felt easily annoyed, irritated, or on edge?
  8. Avoided social gatherings?
  9. Had difficulty falling or staying asleep
  10. Used excessive caution or watchful of surroundings

If you answered "Yes" to 4 or more of these, then you might be experiencing Post-Traumatic Stress.  If you are concerned about your reactions to a traumatic event, please seek medical and/or psychological support.  If you are a Vanderbilt faculty or staff member, you can start by calling Work/Life Connections – EAP at (615) 936-1327 for a free, confidential assessment.

Please consult the Vanderbilt Health and Wellness Resource Library for more information on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other Anxiety Disorders.