The tragedy of Katrina continues in resources stretched beyond capacity with no relief in sight. This nation needs to take another look at relief efforts on the Gulf coast. washingtonpost.com Hurricane Katrina left more than gutted houses and empty streets along the Gulf Coast. The most devastating impact of the storm, which killed thousands of people and destroyed entire towns, can be seen in the desperate faces of people more than a year later, survivors and rescue workers said in a panel discussion Wednesday.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of the more debilitating disorders associated with experiencing intense trauma such as a rape or living in a war zone. PTSD has been associated with symptoms of nightmares, flashbacks, extreme anxiety, inappropriate anger and violent behavior, and feelings of disconnection from family and friends. It has been associated with permanent changes in the associated with memory impairment and exaggerated startle response. Many stress related symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, chest pain and anxiety attacks also are common.
[Psychologist Driven to Help Hurricane Victims] The Red Cross doesn’t have enough mental health people in its data base, volunteering. I got an e-mail from the American Psychological Association, saying the Red Cross needs mental health volunteers. This was sent to every licensed member of the APA. Looking for a way to contribute to your skills to disaster relief? Call your local Red Cross. Click the link above to read of her experiences.
[Boston Globe] IRAQ VETERAN Daniel Cotnoir learned that Baghdad rules don’t apply in Lawrence (Mass.). The former Marine sergeant, who was named 2005’s ”Marine of the Year” by the Marine Corps Times newspaper, was charged earlier this month with two counts of armed assault with intent to murder after firing a shotgun near a crowd of revelers outside his home. He had already reported their noise to police and, when a glass bottle shattered his bedroom window, Cotnoir allegedly feared for the safety of his wife and children.
A number of people maybe wondering just how we can best help children and their parents who have faced the disaster in New Orleans. Here is an approach that has produced convincing research results treating children and their families. Contact the authors for more information. The link is below. SAMHSA Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT) is a psychotherapeutic intervention designed to help children, youth, and their parents overcome the negative effects of traumatic life events such as child sexual or physical abuse; traumatic loss of a loved one; domestic, school, or community violence; or exposure to disasters, terrorist attacks, or war trauma.
Families all over the Gulf Coast are experience the trauma of a natural disaster. Families all over America are watching the events unfold on the nightly news. Certainly the trauma of being present in the event is potentially the most damaging. But watching such catastrophic events unfold even on TV can have some effects, especially on children and adolescents. Talking about traumatic stress among family members have the effect of rallying the primary circle of support for its members.