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Hello everyone and welcome to health talk I'm Julie Banderas.
When hurricane see -- hit the northeast last October people lost power.
-- -- cars and even loved ones my guest today.
Doctor Melissa girl she is a trauma expert and warns that even though a year has passed since the storm for some posttraumatic stress could be just the beginning.
Thanks so much for joining us you know it's been one year later and you would think the people of healed by now but that's actually quit the opposite of the case right.
Yes it is very possible that people could still be experiencing.
Some kind of post storm reaction even a year later the timeline for events and our reactions to them particularly in the face of something that can be seen as traumatic.
Com are different and people need to realize that even -- storm was about 36 hours.
Our reactions to it can last up through a year later or in some cases some of us are just experiencing right now.
So what are some of the symptoms that people might be having one year later and anxiety.
And -- need to sort of continually scanned the room where the environment to make sure you're safe.
Depression trouble sleeping -- until concentrating.
Not feeling terribly comfortable now that the weather issues did Rivera Romney anniversary date and there's sense of unease about what may happen again.
Many people lost loved ones in the storm and even if you didn't lose a loved one but you lost a home -- you lost something extremely valuable and irreplaceable.
A mementos memories that you've been holding on to all your life pictures.
For example this is very much like losing.
A loved one that's in -- a deaf and I had a lot of times that mourning process can take years right.
They can take years and again the starting place for that is to acknowledge it not thinking you're crazy there's something wrong with the -- Many people lost very important things the parts of their lives Holmes not just loved ones pets and it's not.
Irrational to have it and -- reaction to see you have to help -- obviously a lot of people came -- an outpouring of of support really for anyone who was affected by that so if I was not affected and I wanted to help a family member or a friend still dealing with -- trauma what would -- -- The first thing you do is -- say come talk to me mom helped normalize this -- also normalize that -- folks are really struggling to seek out counsel to seek out help.
My primary message today is.
This is this an unimaginable event however reactions to it are very normal very human.
And that there's really nothing wrong with reaching out to of loved -- or Catholic.
You raised a good point about how we're getting to that time of year again where now world where we were preparing for the worst were afraid of any kind of snow storm you know -- past the brunt of hurricane season and now we're looking forward.
To what could potentially be another.
Super storm looks pretty got it doesn't happen but.
I mean what do you -- your kids because a lot of children were -- -- And children that deal with trauma much differently than adults and so if they hear the storm even -- a simple snowstorm it might really frighten them.
Absolutely and we know that -- -- in our treatment of children that the response and proactive reaction of parents and loved ones to a child's fear.
Or reaction to a traumatic event is the primary factor in helping them get over so if -- -- Noticing that your children or your loved ones children are having some kind of anxiety difficulty concentrating.
It's really important for parents to feel comfortable to address this -- their children make time to have let their children process that would them.
And again if children are having an extreme reaction please seek out a counselor who's trained to deal with children.
Because the nice news is that children process this kind of emotional distressed.
Fairly rapidly with support and with -- so what advice do you have for victims.
Be aware of your feelings.
And some folks may not be having feelings about -- the storm quite yet we're still practicing at their suppressing it up when they're so busy putting pieces of their lives back together.
They haven't had time for so.
Be aware and if you do suddenly feel a little an easy after you see a commercial for the year anniversary show for sandy and suddenly the commercials a fifty minute spot.
But you're feeling a little anxious you feeling a little depressed.
There might be something you need to sort of take some time with yourself talk to a friend find a counselor.
Trauma gets better.
We all have the capacity within ourselves to resolve these feelings we just need a little support and a little recognition and comfort with the idea that.
We kind of gone offline just need to reboot and we can move forward and our reactions to trauma don't necessarily have to define -- -- can also look.
Back at the progress that you have made in the past year while it may seem like small steps one year ago many people aren't much different place in a much better place -- and they were after the storm rather than thinking about where they were before the storm at school.
I would imagine doctor Melissa -- thank you so much for talking to those who really appreciate you painting -- and the best of luck for all of those that were affected by hurricane sandy of course.
Our our our thoughts are with you as well and if you have a health question -- Dr.
Manny at foxnews.com.
And until next time.
And Julie Banderas.