Physical reactions include tiredness, sleeplessness, palpitations, nausea, headaches, neck and back aches, muscular tension, tightness in the chest and throat, changes in eating habits and sexual interest.
Mental reactions may be loss of concentration and/or motivation, poor memory, nightmares, flashbacks (feeling that it is happening all over again), hyper-vigilance (always on your guard), or being easily startled. Irritability, loss of sense of humour and impatience with self and others are extremely common, and can put relationships with family and friends under strain. Try to remember that they too may be suffering additional stress, may feel left out, or do not understand how best to support you.
You may find yourself withdrawing from those closest to you, unable to express your feelings, rejecting what is offered.
Stop - and try to ask for what you want.
Our bodies and minds will look after themselves - reactions are a natural process.
Nature will heal if you allow feelings to come out into the open.
Concealing feelings can prolong the recovery period.
Sometimes there is a sense that too little or the wrong things are being offered, or that you cannot live up to others' expectations of you.
Alcohol and drug intake may increase.