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.
National Institute of Mental Health
Mental Health America
Canadian Psychiatric Association
Canadian Psychological Association
Coping with disaster. Federal Emergency Management Agency website. Available at: http://www.fema.gov/coping-disaster. Updated January 31, 2015. Accessed August 31, 2015.
Coping with disaster. National Mental Health Association website. Available at: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/coping-disaster. Accessed August 31, 2015.
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 August 1, 2014. Accessed 31, 2015.
Last reviewed August 2015 by Michael Woods, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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