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Coping With Disasters

After any type of disaster, people feel relieved to be alive. But then they often feel stress, fear and anger. Most people will also find that they can't stop thinking about what happened. These feelings and memories aren't a sign of personal weakness. Most trauma survivors have stress reactions for days or weeks. But some people have long-term problems, including:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Depression
  • Self-blame
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Alcohol or drug abuse

If you've survived a disaster, talk to your family and friends when you are ready. Most people recover from trauma naturally over time. If your emotional reactions are getting in the way of your relationships, work, or other important activities, you might want to talk to a counselor or your doctor. Treatments are available.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health

Help is Just a Phone Call Away

We cannot offer diagnosis, counseling or recommendations online, but an Assessment and Referral specialist is available 24 hours/7 days a week at 904.724.9202. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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