Coping with Trauma and Disaster

Dealing with the stress of war

These tips from the American Psychological Association for teachers of children and teens can be used by anyone to learn how to deal with the daily stress of media coverage of the war and worry for family and friends in the military. This is an excellent resource for everyone - not just teachers; we recommend you review it if you are feeling stressed.

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Dealing with the stress of Trauma and Disaster

It is impossible to isolate ourselves from the trauma and disaster that occurred in New York and Washington D.C., in September 2001 and that continues to occur around the world today. While each of us may react differently to the unfolding events we see on TV and hear on radio, none of us are immune from the magnitude of the destruction and devastation that has occurred and continues to occur. It affects us personally, as families, communities and as a nation.

The following information is designed to provide basic information concerning normal reactions to disaster and some ways to cope with the emotional, cognitive, behavioral and physical aspects of trauma. Reactions can run the gamut of emotions and include fear, anger and even shutting off emotions and denying the reality of the event. As emphasized in the material, talking and being with others is a very important aspect of dealing effectively with such an event.

The following material is collected from different sources. These sources include the American Red Cross, Crisis Intervention Institute and the American Psychological Association. We hope this information is helpful to you. All of us are touched and changed by the tremendous devastation and loss that occurred September 11, 2001 and continues to occur as this nation continues to confront worldwide terrorism. Hopefully the events of life will provide us with continued opportunities to be in His service to others.

If you have questions or would like to talk with a counselor at the OC University Counseling Center, please call us at (405) 425-5250.

Sheldon Adkins, M.Ed., LPC., Director
University Counseling Services