“7 Things to Know About Mental Health After a Disaster”

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This June 9, 2015 HUFF Post article talks about things to be aware of that could happen in the aftermath of a disaster and when to know its time for professional help to help with the mental health issues that can often occur after a disaster ranging from a single family house fire or a or the flooding of a neighborhood or entire town, up to larger scale widespread disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes.

“Stress Causes Health Problems, Which Then Cause More Stress”

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This July 8, 2014 NPR: Shots-Health News article on the 90.5 WESA Pittsburgh NPR station website talks about the vicious cycle of stress causing health issues which in turn causes more stress

Logo used during 1970s

Logo used during 1970s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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Mental Health Awareness Month is used in the United States to raise awareness of mental illness and it’s impact not only on the person who has a mental illness, but the impact their diagnosis has on the world around them.

“Psychologists study media’s role in stress after tragic events “

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This December 10, 2013 article on the Newsworks website talks about a study that looked at the effect of seeing images  such as those that spread across the media and internet almost instantly after the Boston Marathon bombing.

 

“Take Mental Health Awareness Week Seriously”

English: An anxious person

English: An anxious person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This October 21, 2013 article on the “Onward State” website talks about one person’s experiences with having an anxiety disorder the writer’s experiences are some I was able to relate to myself, and I imagine many other like myself and the person who wrote the piece I linked to probably experience similar problems if they are dealing with a debilitating anxiety disorder.

 

 

 

For myself, I think one of the most frustrating things people have often said to me in a very sad attempt at trying to make me feel better is “everyone gets anxious” I do realize that folks who say this are likely saying it because they think it is helpful to the person with an anxiety disorder, but in reality, based on my experience, it is likely the least comforting response I’ve ever gotten when I disclose that I have an anxiety disorder.  People who don’t have their life put on hold or have it come to a screeching halt because of sheer panic that is often unable to be explained by the person having the panic attack, likely don’t have a clue what they are saying, and because everyone does get anxious about tests or running late for an appointment that kind of thing, everyone assumes that it is the same for folks like myself.  in reality it’s not the same and if it was the same, then everyone would be carrying a script for a medication to help them if the anxiety got too bad, or possibly even be utilizing things like a Service Dog to aid in managing anxiety and helping to alert them to an oncoming panic attack before it gets out of hand.  So while yes I do appreciate when people take an interest in trying to understand me or my diagnosis, I would be grateful if people would stop trying to compare everyday anxiety to what it is like for someone with an anxiety disorder it just isn’t helpful to anyone.

 

 

 

“What a Panic Attack Feels Like”

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Panic-attack (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This article found on PsychCentral.com talks about what it can be like to have a panic attack and what can be done to improve them.

“Studies tie stress from storms, war to heart risks”

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This March 10, 2013 article on the GoErie.com website talks about data indicating that stress caused by natural disasters or war can lead to an increased risk of heart attack.

 

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