Coping with Harvey and its aftermath
Warning signs may include:
- Isolating themselves in rooms
- Hiding in closets and rooms
- Not eating or eating less
- Not interacting with people
If you see these warning signs, Shah recommended addressing them sooner rather than later and to seek professional help.
He added that children can grow attached to material items like blankets and toys so it’s important to remember to slowly and systematically desensitize them to the fact that their items may not be usable if their home was damaged or destroyed.
For adults who need help coping, Shah said the first step they can take toward healing is to talk about their experience and not ignore how they are feeling. The second way they can cope is by seeking professional help and, lastly, adults can use stress management and relaxation techniques.
“There are numerous ways to cope with a disaster like this, but the best thing you can do is try to cope as best as possible,” Shah said.