When Quake Brings Emotional Aftershocks
With 4,600 U.S. troops expected on the ground in Haiti by the weekend and more than 10,000 offshore, the United States military is making a sizable impact on humanitarian efforts there.
While we’re proud of the military men and women who are lending their expertise and assistance to Haiti, enormous challenges lie ahead. The sheer scope of the disaster is troubling to people watching from afar, but for those with loved ones in Haiti or who have experienced trauma in the past, the news coverage of the earthquake and its aftermath can be very distressing. People with combat stress, victims of natural disasters, violence, or other crises may find old feelings of anxiety and helplessness have resurfaced since Jan. 12, when the earthquake struck.
It’s important to know that these reactions are not unusual and that help is available. These articles contain strategies for managing emotions after a traumatic event, When Media Coverage Makes You Anxious and Coping With Fears Following a Traumatic Event.
If you lost loved ones in Haiti or fear for the safety of friends and family there, Coping With Grief and Loss Following a Traumatic Event can help you begin the process of coming to terms with your sorrow.
If you or someone you know has difficulty transitioning home after returning from humanitarian work in Haiti or anywhere else, Adjusting to Life After Disaster Relief Work contains helpful tips.
Finally, remember that we’re always here to help. If you continue to feel distressed, have trouble eating, sleeping, concentrating, or have other symptoms, contact Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647, or visit us online at http://www.militaryonesource.com.