Managing Stress in an Emergency Situation; Part 1


Be aware of how these events can affect you personally.


Behavioral Changes:

 • Increase or decrease in activity level.

• Increased alcohol or tobacco use.

• Difficulty expressing themselves or understanding others.

• Irritability, outbursts of anger, frequent arguments.

• Inability to rest or relax.

• Decline in job performance.

• Frequent crying.

• Excessive worry.

• Becoming accident-prone.

 Physical Changes:

 • Nausea or diarrhea.

• Headaches and other pains.

• Visual disturbances.

• Weight gain or loss.

• Sweating or chills.

• Tremors or muscle twitching.

• Being easily startled.

 Psychological/Emotional Changes:

 • Feeling heroic, euphoric, or invulnerable.

• Anxiety or fear.

• Depression.

• Guilt.

• Apathy.

• Grief.

 Thinking Changes:

 • Memory problems.

• Disorientation and confusion.

• Slow thought processes; lack of concentration.

• Difficulty setting priorities or making decisions.

 Social Changes:

 • Isolation.

• Blaming.

• Difficulty in giving or accepting support or help.

• Inability to experience pleasure or have fun.


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