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Originally posted by Partygirl
1) Immediately after the quake I got all "giddy," like exuberant and happy, but not really "happy." A kind of hysteria? This was very strange, very surprisng to me. That I should feel this way. I wanted to go out and do crazy things, fling myself into the arms of a stranger, do stuff that was totally out of character. What is that all about? For people who don't understand it must have seemed borderline offensive...I was unable to properly focus on the tragedy of the victims and the nation because I was too wrapped up in my own experience. I know my attitude disturbed a few close friends.
Originally posted by Partygirl
reply to post by silent thunder
...Everything seemed etheral and emptied of meaning. Like, normally you look at a house and it feels special to you because it is your house. It holds a certain solidity. But now I can't feel that about any building, they are all just cardboard boxes, empty of those warm associations and solid feelings. You know? I hope it goes away because I don't wanna live with that feeling!edit on 2-9-2011 by Partygirl because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by randyvs
I'm looking at your post thinking, she used the word sinking ? That messed up my whole post. But that's ok not that kind of a thread anyways.
I can't begin to imagine what it would be like to be a part of that kind of ferocious shaking. Hell ya, any one
who didn't come away from that completely sketched out was dead. Shell shock much.
The initial reaction in the aftermath of a disaster for many people will be a blunting of their feelings. They will be stunned or numb. Initially people may not accept what has happened. In New York City immediately after the 9/11 attack many family members did not believe that loved ones working in the World Trade Center who did not come home and were not registered in a hospital, actually had died. There were "missing persons posters" all around Manhattan which eventually were turned into memorial posters as the truth sank in.
Grieving is More Complicated Than Usual
Just about every survivor in Haiti can be expected to be going through a very personal grieving process. Over 150,000 people are known to have perished. Grief is a something that we all must go through at various times in our lives. There are various stages of grieving and ultimately most people while never forgetting a lost loved one, are able to resolve their grief in an expectable manner. However when the death is totally unexpected, traumatic, violent or involves children, the grieving takes on a much more complicated form. It is prolonged and much more difficult to resolve. There are often other psychological complications such as post traumatic stress as described below, alcohol and drug problems, anger, depression and suicidal behavior.
Most Will Have Symptoms Post Traumatic Stress
After this type of a mass trauma, at least half of the people will likely experience some symptoms of post traumatic stress. They will have recurrent and intrusive distressing recollections of the events that they have seen and been through. This can include nightmares and daytime flashbacks. At times people will act or feel as if the traumatic event were recurring. There may even be hallucinations or misperceptions where real things are misperceived as something related to the recent traumatic events. For example, the noise or vibrations of a passing plane or truck might immediately bring back a flood of the feelings that occurred during the earthquake. This can include rapid heart beat, fast breathing and other physical symptoms. When there are even mild after-shocks following a major earthquake some people are overwhelmed with emotion.