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.
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.
Resources & Links:
Psychology Today: The Trauma That Arises from Natural Disasters
Blogs to Follow:
- PTSD Jedi http://www.ptsdjedi.com A Tsunami Survivor's Journey of Healing
When I first launched the Faces of PTSD website, my original idea was to have an online gallery of PTSD survivors.Today I came upon the #FacesOfPTSD Campaign, spearheaded by a group of survivors with a similar mission to the one I started with... with the same name hashtag to boot! I was filled with joy to find that others felt the same, urgent need I had, and organized a social media campaign kicking off on this Friday, May 6, 2016.
By: Trey Dyer -- Although often thought to be a disorder that affects only combat veterans, post traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) commonly occurs among people from all walks of life. PTSD is a disorder that develops in the wake of a traumatic event. PTSD can cause feelings of vulnerability, fear, anxiety and depression. While PTSD rates among veterans are high, they are also high among the general United States population. Individuals with PTSD often develop a co-occurring disorder, such as severe depression, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders.
The PTSD Jedi: As an individual living with Complex PTSD, I have long been fascinated by the hero / superhero archetype, and the many examples of heroic skills being borne out of darkness and trauma, transformed into a powerful light and drive to help mankind. In Star Wars speak, we have faced the "Dark Side."
Innumerable entertainment sources from film to television to books shine the spotlight on trauma, yet fail to directly address the psychological impacts of trauma by using direct mental health terminology. In 2015, two new television series featured title and supporting characters with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: the Netflix original series Jessica Jones, and the FX series "You're the Worst."
I write this piece with some humor. I have to. But, the topic is a weighty one, that many PTSD survivors will deal with in our lifetimes. PTSD can contribute to a variety of physical ailments, including compromised immune system response, and more frequent hospitalizations than the general population. Most trauma survivors I have spoken with have other related health problems, including chronic pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, heart disease, and neurological conditions among many others. Here are my 11 Tips for Surviving a Hospitalization when you have PTSD.
This article is so completely, utterly powerful for survivors. I can't commend author and consultant Tim Lawrence enough for publishing this meaningful piece.... Breaking the myth that "everything happens for a reason." There isn't a reason or deeper meaning behind trauma.
The majority of sexual assault and sexual abuse survivors struggle with some sort of guilt or shame that clouds their self esteem, and ultimately affects interpersonal relationships too. I'm linking to acartoon series by psychologist Nina Burrowes.... It is brilliant, and captures the thinking process behind survivor guilt and shame, and how to find the way out.
October 2015 and January 2016: My favorite trauma researcher and author Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will be presenting a weekend program along with Licia Sky, LMT, BFA, at the Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. I've found movement and yoga to be essential to my recovery program.
Hospitals and emergency room staff should routinely screen for PTSD symptoms prior to discharge for victims of violent crime, sexual assaults, vehicular accidents, health emergencies and near-death experiences, among other traumatic physical injuries. Early treatment is key. Unfortunately, this is not standard practice in most hospitals across the country, despite rates of inner-city violence-related PTSD rates as high or higher than Iraq, Afghanistan, or Vietnam veterans.
As a parent of an active early elementary school child, and as a member of a committed long-term romantic partnership, I have developed several tactics to cope with my stress. They take focus and self-control, and while they don't always work as I wish they would, they 100% minimize the impact my PTSD has on my child and partner. When my stress levels are high, I am always more susceptible to being triggered.