Millions of people have survived a disaster that's taken place in their own personal life or in the life of someone they love and their world is torn upside down. Disasters such as tornados, tropical storms, floods, earthquakes, fires, and explosions are among the many unforeseen tragedies that take place leaving survivors in serious emotional distress.
No one understands what a person is going through unless they have experienced a disaster or tragedy in their life and without help most people are unable to cope with the stress and emotional suffering they experience on a daily basis.
The emotional and physical symptoms a person experiences when they're suffering from stress due to a tragic disaster is extremely overwhelming and can be unbearable to the point a person is unable to function. Some people turn to alcohol, drugs or other substances to help them cope with emotional pain they're unable to control like depression, anxiety, anger and overwhelming sadness.
Adults aren't the only ones affected from tragic disaster young children and teenagers are too and may be in need of help coping with stress and trauma. Not only are the survivors of disaster affected but so are first responders (emergency medical technicians, etc.), rescue and recovery workers and loved ones of victims. There are various serious and intense symptoms a person may be experiencing when they're under emotional distress and these signs should be taken seriously and need to be addressed as soon as possible.
Signs of Distress
Distress Symptoms Commonly Experienced Include: sleep problems, headaches, stomach problems, anger, overwhelming sadness, worry, guilt, decreased energy, continuously fatigued and tired, over eating or not eating enough, feeling disconnected from others, start smoking or tobacco use increases, drinking, using illicit drugs or turning to prescription medications to dull the emotional pain.
SAMHSA provides a website with helpful information for people in need of help due to stress experienced from disaster which includes a helpline for counseling and support. Their Disaster Distress Helpline is available around the clock, seven days a week, year round. Trained crisis counselors provide help and support for anyone struggling with distress due to disaster. Sadly today there are many children, young people and adults struggling every day and feel there's no hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Without help many teens, young and older adults turn to alcohol, prescription drugs or even street drugs just to ease the emotional pain and sadness. If you or someone you know is in need of help and support, you're not alone and there's help available.