Crime affects different people in different ways. The way you feel might change from day to day.
What you are feeling and experiencing are normal reactions to an abnormal and distressing event.
Some common reactions include:
- sleep problems or fatigue
- repeated thoughts of the event.
How you might feel
You might have feelings that come and go, like:
Other things you might notice
Your day-to-day life might be affected by:
- trouble with your concentration or memory
- reduced performance at work or school
- withdrawing from others
- feeling like you’ve lost control.
Some people can also experience depression or anxiety.
How long will this last?
In most cases these reactions are temporary.
With support from family and friends, most people recover from the incident in a few weeks or months.
Others can find the recovery process more difficult.