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Coping with Emergencies

Disaster victims are likely to experience at least one of several emotional responses: anger, fatigue, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, nightmares, depression, inability to concentrate, hyperactivity, or increased alcohol or drug use.

Mental Health Expert Suggestions to Relieve the Symptoms of Emotional Distress

  • Talk about your feelings with family, friends and neighbors. These people are good medicine, and sharing common experiences helps people overcome anxiety and feelings of helplessness.
  • Get back into daily routines as soon as you can, and try to maintain a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep.
  • Get some physical exercise every day.
  • If you continue to have the symptoms described above for an extended period of time, think about consulting a mental health professional.

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Polk County Emergency Management
1907 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 286-2107

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