Among the many stressful events of living, we can be faced with extraordinary circumstances that leave us feeling stressed, terrified, and powerless. Immediately or after an extended delay, it is not uncommon to experience intense feelings related to the trauma. Stress reactions to trauma can come in the form of heightened anxiety or fear, withdrawal / detachment or irritability. These are normal reactions to extremely abnormal circumstances. It is important to remember that recovery from any traumatic experience is an ongoing gradual process. If your symptoms are especially persistent and are getting in the way of your relationships, work or other important activities, it is important to seek professional help.