Each person's response to a traumatic event is different; people experience stress and anxiety in their own way. Responses to disaster can appear right away or months later. Most importantly though, know you are not alone in your pain and that there is help.
The following are some common responses to disaster:
Some tips to help deal with the stress, pain, and anxiety associated with coping with disasters:
Seek professional help if you are troubled by feelings that will not go away for more than 4-6 weeks. If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, seek help right away.
Mental Health America
National Institute of Mental Health
Canadian Psychiatric Association
Canadian Psychological Association
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Coping with disaster. National Mental Health Association website. Available at: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/coping-disaster. Accessed August 22, 2017.
Coping with a disaster or a traumatic event. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://emergency.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/index.asp. Updated October 26, 2016. Accessed August 22, 2017.
Last reviewed August 2017 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Michael Woods, MD, FAAP Last Updated: 8/31/2015