Are You Better Off Dead?

In Brooklyn, New York, a teenager was nearly stabbed to death in a vicious assault while walking home through McCarren Park on the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border. Three teenagers hit the 16 years old in the face with a brick, then threw him to the ground and repeatedly punched and kicked him in his face, head and body, and left him on the floor nearly dead.
He is lucky to be alive but is there a psychological impact when somebody attacks you in the street leaving you nearly dead?

Yes. Emotional and psychological traumas resulting from extraordinarily stressful events can shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless and vulnerable.

Anguish experiences often involve a threat to life or safety, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be disturbant, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is agonized, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be damaged. 
An event will most likely lead to emotional or psychological trauma if it happened unexpectedly, you were unprepared for it, you felt powerless to prevent it, it happened repeatedly or someone was intentionally cruel.
Trauma can also stem from ongoing, relentless stress, such as living in a crime-ridden neighborhood or struggling with cancer. 
There are also risks factors that increase your vulnerability to agony. Not all potentially traumatic events lead to lasting emotional and psychological damage. Some people rebound quickly from even the most tragic and shocking experiences. Others are devastated by experiences that, on the surface, appear to be less upsetting. 
A number of risk factors make people susceptible to emotional and psychological trauma. People are more likely to be traumatized by a stressful experience if they’re already under a heavy stress load or have recently suffered a series of losses.
People are also more likely to be traumatized by a new situation if they’ve been traumatized before, especially if the earlier trauma occurred in childhood. 
Symptoms of emotional and psychological trauma that following a traumatic event, or repeated trauma, people react in different ways, experiencing a wide range of physical and emotional reactions. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to think, feel, or respond to trauma, so don’t judge your own reactions or those of other people, beacause people responses are normal reactions to an abnormal event. 
Psychological symptoms are : shock, denial, or disbelief; anxiety and fear; anger, irritability, mood swings. 
While physical are : insomnia or nightmares; racing heartbeat; difficulty concentrating.

So while surviving a traumatic event is undoubtedly a good thing, there are a whole host of other problems that can still result from it.


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