ABSTRACT

Secondary Mental Health Treatment Following Disasters   [open pdf - 237KB]

"Most disaster survivors (children and adults as well as disaster rescue or relief workers) experience normal stress reactions after a traumatic event. These reactions may last for several days or even a few weeks and may include: [1] Emotional reactions (shock, fear; grief; anger; guilt; shame; feeling helpless or hopeless; feeling numb; feeling empty; diminished ability to feel interest, pleasure, or love) [;] [2] Cognitive reactions (confusion, disorientation, indecisiveness, worry, shortened attention span, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, unwanted memories, self-blame) [;] [3] Physical reactions (tension, fatigue, edginess, insomnia, bodily aches or pain, startling easily, racing heartbeat, nausea, change in appetite, change in sex drive) [;] [4] Interpersonal reactions (distrust, conflict, withdrawal, work problems, school problems, irritability, loss of intimacy, being over-controlling, feeling rejected or abandoned)[.]"

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2012-02-14
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Department of Veterans Affairs: http://www.va.gov
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