Recently in the news, I’ve heard a lot about the Camp Fire in California. I’ve seen devastating pictures of homes destroyed, people being displaced, and even wildlife being injured and affected from the extreme fires. Experiencing a natural disaster can be terrifying, and can leave a lot of damage not only to property and our environment, but also on our emotional and mental health.
Trauma after a natural disaster can occur in many forms. Physical trauma can result from almost any type of natural disaster, whether it be burns from a fire or injuries from other issues. Emotional trauma is prevalent in almost all people experiencing a disaster because they are scared, anxious, upset, and unsure of what to do next. Mental trauma occurs in the form of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other medical conditions.
If you, or someone you know, has ever gone through some type of disaster, it’s important to seek help with your physician if needed. Don’t let these traumas go unnoticed because in the long run, they can have severely damaging effects on your overall health.