WASHINGTON, D.C., July 29, 2021 – As heat waves, hurricanes and fires are impacting millions across the country, the American Psychiatric Association offers some tips and resources on coping with the mental health impacts of aftermath of disaster-related trauma.
Disasters and other traumatic events can have tremendous psychological impacts on those who are affected directly and indirectly. Following a disaster, most will ultimately do well and return to their previous level of functioning. However, many people will initially experience distressing thoughts, feelings, and physical symptoms and may engage in risky behaviors to help cope. Common reactions in adults after a disaster may include trouble sleeping; feeling sad, depressed, irritable or numb; having trouble concentrating; having headaches, stomachaches...Read More