Nekbet's post made me think, and if any of you know me by now.. I HATE unanswered questions. I took it upon myself to understand the psychology of a
Natural Disaster victim and what follows may astound you as it did me.
Victims of natural disasters grieve. Not necessarily because they've lost someone, but because of the sudden change in circumstances. I've seen
grief-like symptoms in posts on this thread by people who are unaffected directly by the flood, but suffer because of their empathic connection with
the reality of human suffering.
TV, radio, and newspaper coverage make us all feel like part of the disaster. Many experienced the events "first-hand" watching the live media
coverage. Thus even more people became secondary victims of the event.
Perhaps this is the thinking behind the lack of media attention? Because it is SO devastating and has affected so many they want to shelter the rest
Maybe the most disturbing thing is the emotional and psychological trauma involved:
If you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, you may be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant
danger that you just can’t kick. Or you may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people.
Natural Disasters cause trauma because life and safety is at risk. It can overwhelm a person (or group of people) even if no one is hurt physically.
It's all about how one interprets what happens. It's a very subjective experience. To quote the source above: "The more frightened and helpless
you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized."
Emotional and psychological trauma can be caused by single-blow, one-time events, such as a horrible accident, a natural disaster, or a violent
attack. Trauma can also stem from ongoing, relentless stress, such as living in a crime-ridden neighborhood or struggling with cancer.
The ongoing intense stressful situation is definitely a dangerous enough issue on it's own, without factoring in the poor decisions, lack of
information and glaring downplay of importance by not covering it with the media. This is attributing to, not lessening the effects of the flood
itself on not only those affected by this, but also to those who demand giving this situation the attention that it deserves. It's evident that we
are also angry because we are grieving for them, in a way.
A number of risk factors make people susceptible to emotional and psychological trauma. People are more likely to be traumatized by a stressful
experience if they’re already under a heavy stress load or have recently suffered a series of losses.
I would say that most of these folks have suffered serious losses. If not by loved ones, then by the simple loss of the stability and sanctuary that
we call home. I think the farmers are likely to have lost the most.
Emotional symptoms of trauma:
* Shock, denial, or disbelief, * Anger, irritability, mood swings, * Guilt, shame, self-blame, * Feeling sad or hopeless, * Confusion, difficulty
concentrating, * Anxiety and fear, * Withdrawing from others, * Feeling disconnected or numb
Physical symptoms of trauma:
* Insomnia or nightmares, * Being startled easily, * Racing heartbeat, * Aches and pains, * Fatigue
* Difficulty concentrating, * Edginess and agitation, * Muscle tension
These symptoms and feelings typically last from a few days to a few months, gradually fading as you process the trauma. But even when you’re
feeling better, you may be troubled from time to time by painful memories or emotions—especially in response to triggers such as an anniversary of
the event or an image, sound, or situation that reminds you of the traumatic experience.
The stages of grief are: Shock or disbelief, anger, guilt, sadness, fear, and depression
For those surviving through this flood, please keep a watchful eye on family, friends and neighbors. Ongoing issues can lead to acts of
For the rest of us, I thought this would be a helpful and insightful addition to the thread so that we can understand our feelings