OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Common Reactions that Occur After a Tragic and/or Violent Event

  • Responses to a tragic event vary from person to person. There’s no single, standard or “right” way to react.
  • Even students who have not had any personal contact or connection to the event may exhibit reactions.
  • Common reactions include:
    • Shock and disbelief
    • Feelings of helplessness, the feeling of loss or control over your life
    • Difficulty concentrating and focusing on schoolwork
    • Mourning the loss of another human being within their community
    • Feeling the need to talk about the tragedy with good friends
    • Feeling depressed and questioning how someone could commit such a heinous act
    • Focusing more on the violent crime over the victims
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