University of Rochester

There is a UCC professional on-call 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, for emergencies

UCC On-Call: (585) 275-3113

On Campus Security Emergency x13

Life Line: (585) 275-5151

On Campus Security Non-Emergency: 5-3333

Off-Campus Security: (585) 275-3333

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Appointments: (585) 275-3113

Fax Number: (585) 442-0815

Box 270356, 738 Library Road
UHS Building
Rochester, New York 14627

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University Counseling Center (UCC)

When You are Facing Traumatic Stress

Traumatic stress can occur in reaction to a range of experiences: individual (i.e., death, physical/sexual assault, serious/chronic illness); global (i.e., terrorism, war); environmental (i.e., tornado, hurricane); political (i.e., political rhetoric, discriminatory laws); economic (i.e., economic depression, job instability); and social /justice (i.e., incidents of racism, targeted individuals or groups). Some reactions can be long lasting and can even affect those who are not directly involved in the trauma.

The struggle to understand why such tragedies take place can be overwhelming, but understanding normal responses to these difficult events can aid you in coping effectively with your feelings, thoughts and behaviors, and help you along the path to recovery.

It is common for people who have experienced traumatic situations to have strong emotional reactions. Some typical reactions can include:

It's normal to feel overwhelmed emotionally but the good news is that you can learn the skills of resilience – the ability to adapt well in the face of hard times. Many people already possess these skills and will bounce back on their own, given time. There are also a number of steps you can take to help restore emotional wellbeing and a sense of control.

If you find your regular coping methods are not helping, and you find yourself troubled by these reactions for several days past the incident in such a way that they are impacting your regular routine (academics, sleeping, eating, socializing), it may be helpful to talk to a professional for extra support. Call us for an appointment at (585) 275-3113. If you have already gone home for the summer, you can ask friends or family, your family doctor, or a religious leader for referrals to a therapist in your hometown.