After the Storm: Part 4
Today is the final part in our series on coping with stressful events, like the recent storms in Jacksonville, AL. Today, our focus is on adults.
Typical Behaviors: Events like the recent storms can cause a significant amount of stress for adults. This stress can present itself in several different behaviors and symptoms. Some of those behaviors include:
- Replaying the event or memories of the event in your head
- Trouble sleeping or nightmares
- Flashbacks to the event
- Fear, worry, or anxiety
- Anger, depression, or sadness
- Increased sensitivity to loud noises or being easily startled
- Decreased appetite or trouble eating
After the Storm: Part 3
Today, we are moving on in our series about coping with stressful events – like the storms that recently impacted Jacksonville, AL. Today, our focus is on children ages 12-18.
Typical Behaviors: During and following events like these storms, children and adults can experience stress. This stress can manifest itself in a variety of behaviors or symptoms. The behaviors seen most often in children ages 12-18 include:
- Depression, anxiety, or worrying
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- TEMPORARY problems at school – grades or attendance
- Withdrawing from friends or family
- Becoming more accident prone
- Acting out or rebelling
- Changing future plans – Ex: “I’m not going on that trip now.”
- Focusing only on current things or things in the very near future
- Appetite changes – overeating or undereating
- Focusing completely on themselves
- Seeking revenge
- Engaging in behaviors as a distraction – substance use or risk taking
- Talking about suicide, self-harm, suicide pacts, etc. (**Seek Immediate Help**)
- Life threatening behavior or reenactments of the event (**Seek Immediate Help**)
After the Storm: Part 2
Today, we are on part two of our series on coping with stressful events, like the recent storms in Jacksonville, AL. Today’s focus is on children ages 7-12.
Typical Behaviors: During and after stressful events, both children and adults can experience significant amounts of stress. This stress can present in a variety of symptoms or behaviors. The behaviors or symptoms typically seen in children ages 7-12 include:
- Paying close attention to caregivers or parents to watch their anxiety and fear levels
- Losing interest in usual activities
- Withdrawing from friends
- Becoming focused or preoccupied with safety
- TEMPORARY decrease in grades or school performance
- Physical pain – including stomach aches or headaches
- Increased sensitivity or response to loud/sudden noises
- Difficulty sleeping or night fears
- Clinging to parents or caregivers
After the Storm: Part 1
After The Storm: Part 1 (Ages 6 and Under)
Over the next few days, we will be sharing a series of blogs related to coping with stressful events, like the recent storms in Jacksonville, AL. Each blog will focus on different age groups. Today, we are focused on children ages 6 and below.
Typical Behaviors: During and after events, like the recent storms, people can experience a great amount of stress – children are no different. This stress can manifest itself in a variety of symptoms or behaviors. Those most typically seen in children ages 6 and under are:
- Change In Behavior: Becoming more aggressive than usual, becoming much quieter, etc.
- Return To Previous Behaviors: Clinging to parents, bed-wetting, thumb-sucking, etc.
- Night Fears or Trouble Sleeping
- Physical Pain: Including headaches or stomach aches
- Heightened Response or Sensitivity to Loud or Sudden Noises
- Change In Appetite: Eating more or less than normal