Ten Steps To Prevent
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
severe trauma in the form of terrorist activity has been
experienced by all members of democratic society, and especially
by those close to ground zero. The reality is that we are
at risk for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. At this moment,
an intense "adaptation" process has been created for all
victims. Whether conscious or not, this adaptation includes
increased levels of anxiety that threaten individuals',
as well as, a society's sense of security!
Generic to all anxiety disorders is an exaggerated sense
of fear. This is seen with social phobia, panic disorder,
obsessive- compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety.
Now there is a collective anxiety based on a very real fear.
There presently is great potential, not only for an increase
in anxiety disorders, but also for an increase in any health
problem that is affected by emotional stress.
The following steps can help prevent Post Traumatic Stress
- Use logic
- After a few days make sure you are not avoiding situations
that can trigger unpleasant feelings, thoughts, or memories.
This will make you less susceptible to develop a phobia.
- Communicate your feelings. This will make you less
susceptible to feelings of detachment and panic.
- Create internal strength. Eat healthy and exercise.
- Keep your normal routine going.
- Do not overuse medication or other substances.
- Drive defensively. Many people are not concentrating.
- Parents should encourage children to share their feelings
and ask questions.
- Parents should offer reassurance to children.
- Parents should help children "process" the media experience.