Sudden shock causes an immediate change in perspective. Safety may become of utmost importance, or not. Fear may creep into places previously unknown. Anger may reveal itself as the traumatic event(s) are incorporated into one’s self-view. There are stages that one experiences—like it or not. Self-care is extremely important! Support from others is practically essential.
In the new awareness, there may be a shift in identity, especially as anger and sadness unfold.