People respond to traumatic events in a number of ways. They may feel concern, anger, fear, or helplessness. These are all typical responses to a traumatic event.
Stress reactions after a disaster, like the recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria look very much like the common reactions seen with any type of trauma. Disasters can cause a full range of mental and physical reactions. You may also react to problems that occur after the event, as well as to triggers or reminders of the trauma.
Learn what to expect following a traumatic event and how to manage stress reactions on our website:
Self-Care After a Traumatic Event
- PTSD Coach. This mobile app has self-assessments, symptom-tracking, and coping skills to help you address and monitor stress. Available for iOS and Android.
- PTSD Coach Online: A series of online video coaches will guide you through 17 tools to help you manage stress. (desktop)
Seeking Professional Help
If you think you have PTSD, your best chance of getting better is by working with a mental health or medical provider. Good treatments are available that have been shown to help all kinds of people.