Advice for Family and Friends

Critical Incident Stress (CIS) is not a new phenomenon. In the past it was known, among other terms, as battle fatigue or shell shock and has probably been around for as long as mankind. It is important to recognize that CIS is not a psychiatric disorder. It is a NORMAL HUMAN REACTION TO AN ABNORMAL SITUATION. Simply put, it is a temporary overwhelming of a person's capacity to cope with or to assimilate a traumatic experience.