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Recovering from a natural disaster

Surviving a natural disaster
Posted at 4:46 AM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 06:11:57-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — While most people survived the floods that hit the Midwest with only minor injuries, many are healing emotionally from this traumatic experience.

According to the America Psychological Association, shock is one of the most common feelings people first experience. Once the initial reactions subside, the APA says each person's experience can vary. However, there are some common responses like, intense unpredictable feelings, sensitivity to environmental factors and strained interpersonal relationships. Another symptom can be stress-related physical symptoms like headaches, nausea and chest pain which could require medical attention.

Experts say most people are able to bounce back from tragedy, but it does take time. The APA says asking for help and talking about what happened with people who care about you is an important first step. Experts say it's also important to establish or reestablish routines and engage in healthy behaviors like eating well, getting plenty of rest and exercise.

If you are still struggling and/or feel hopelessness to the point that you are barely able to get through our daily responsibilities the APA says you should find a licensed mental health professional. To find a psychologist in your area go to:
If you need immediate help you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741, and to learn more you can click here.