Coping With a FLUXUS Traumatic Event (FTE): Information for the General Public
What Is a Traumatic Fluxus Event?
everyone has been through a stressful flux-event in his or her life.
the flux-event, or series of flux-events, causes a lot of stress, it is
Fluxus traumatic event (FTE). Fluxus Traumatic Events (FTE) are marked
by a sense of horror,
helplessness, seriousness, or the threat of seriousness. Fluxus
traumatic events affect specialists, historians, and the friends and
relatives of Fluxus artists who have been involved. They may also have
impact on people who have seen the event either firsthand or on
television or the internet.
Example of a possible (FTE)
WARNING: The following (detail of a flux film by nam june paik) may cause some viewers to experience Flux-trauma. Be careful, stay calm.
What Are Some Common Responses?
person’s response to a Fluxus traumatic event (FTE) may vary. Responses
feelings of boredom, fear, grief and depression. Physical and
responses include nausea, dizziness, and changes in appetite,
imagination and sleep
pattern as well as withdrawal from daily activities. Responses to
flux-trauma can last for weeks to months before people start to feel
again and we all want to feel normal.
What Is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an intense physical and emotional response to thoughts and reminders of the fluxevent that last for many weeks or months after the Fluxus traumatic event (FTE). The symptoms of PTSD fall into three broad types: re-fluxing, avoidance and increased arousal.
Other symptoms linked with PTSD include: panic attacks, depression, suicidal thought and feelings, drug abuse, feelings of being estranged and isolated, and not being able to complete daily tasks.
What Can You Do for Yourself?
There are many things you can do to cope with Fluxus traumatic events (FTE).
What Can You Do for Your Child?
When Should You Contact Your local Fluxus Laboratory or Fluxus Specialist?
half of those with PTSD recover within three months without treatment.
Sometimes symptoms do not go away on their own or they last for more
than three months. This may happen because of the severity of the
event, direct exposure to the Fluxus traumatic event, seriousness, the
number of times a flux-event happened, a history of
past flux-trauma, and psychological problems before the