Mental and Emotional Health Resources for Disaster Victims

 When disaster strikes, like the Japan and Haiti earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear reactor meltdown, the Gulf oil spill, house fires and other hazards, the first thought is physical safety. But what about mental health and PTSD concerns?

Disasters cause emotional stress and mental health issues, too. When disaster strikes, victims usually spend a period of time in shock. Sometimes, shock or fear-induced adrenalin rushes help disaster victims respond to immediate safety and rescue concerns.

When the adrenaline and shock wear off, disaster victims are left exhausted and emotionally drained. Shock acts as a mental insulator. It protects the mind and emotions from meltdown. As shock wears off, it can leave a profound lethargy and depression in its wake. Read more at Mental and Emotional Health Resources for Disaster Victims

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