Natural Disaster Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Although natural disasters are one of the more widely recognized causes of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, the disorder is still widely under-diagnosed and under-treated. In the aftermath of a natural disaster, emergency resources must often be dedicated to the most urgent, basic needs of survivors, such as physical medical care, shelter, food and clean water. Clean up and recovery efforts can overwhelm the need for human services.

I survived a tornado at age 6, more than 30 years ago. The memories are among the most vivid of my childhood. Sounds of explosions and mass wreckage, the air pressure change, terror, the running for cover, walking outside afterwards to a world I didn’t recognize... knowing each night after when I went to bed, my house could be torn from the ground in an instant, at anytime.
— Category 5 Tornado Survivor

Natural disasters that can lead to Acute Stress Disorder or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder include but are not limited to hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, droughts, tsunamis, damaging storms, landslides and earthquakes.

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