n. an inability to cope with trauma or shock that results in highly-disorganized behavior. This is characterized by deep feelings of anxiety, inadequacy, and helplessness. It manifests as extremely-emotional behavior such as sudden crying or outbursts of agression and hostility.

CATASTROPHIC REACTION: "A catastrophic reaction is said to be more of an act of frustration at being unable to communicate or perform routine tasks with the usual ease."
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