Thoughts on Hurricane Sandy

Thoughts on Hurricane Sandy

By: Jeff Aubert

I’m watching CBS news this morning and story came on about how this hurricane will affect the psyche of thousands of people on the east coast.  Dr John Jon LaPook came on and talked about the anxiety level for the people affected by hurricane Sandy.  We are fortunate these days to have better weather forecasting, but the media hype gives people days to build up stress and anxiety levels.  Dr LaPook gave an example of people lining up at the grocery store to stock up on food and essentials.  Many of these folks didn’t even need anything but they were shopping anyway.  This makes me wonder if they were just shopping to be with other people.  I’m quite sure there is some kind of therapeutic effect for people being together facing a dire situation.  Now that the hurricane has hit and the damages are being assessed, these same people might be going home to flooded houses, fire damage, trees down, power outages, and the list goes on…. My only hope is that these same people are there for each other for emotional support in the days to come.  The following link provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs gives some useful tips on how people, including mental health providers, can assist survivors of disasters.  http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/mental-health-following-disasters.asp   If you want to see the full interview CBS did with Jon LaPook, it can be reached at http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50134173n&tag=showDoorFlexGridRight;flexGridModule

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