CATASTROPHIC REACTION

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."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CATASTROPHIC REACTION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/catastrophic-reaction/ (accessed October 20, 2020).
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