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MAGAZINE, November 1999. VOL. 6 ISSUE
SUGGESTIONS FOR DEALING WITH TRAUMA:
-Acknowledge that feelings of fear and similar reactions to trauma
are normal, not a sign of weakness. Reactions to trauma can be dealt
with and will eventually pass.
-If you have problems dealing with anxiety, fear and related problems,
seek help from friends, relatives, teachers, religious counselors
or psychiatrists. Do not be afraid to share your experiences and
feelings with others.
-If the trauma has made existing medical conditions--such as high
blood pressure and diabetes -- worse or caused other recurrent physical
problems (like sleeplessness), seek medical help.
-Try to resume your normal daily schedule and life as soon as possible
after the trauma. -Find time for leisurely, fun activities, which help relieve stress.
-Never feel guilty about the trauma, your survival or the plight
of others. The earthquake was no one's fault.-Muscle relaxation techniques, meditation and music all help relieve
stress and deal with trauma-related symptoms.
-Do not spend long periods of time inside of your house (where
most people experienced the earthquake). Self-suggestion and even
TV quake images can cause one to relive quake experiences. Go out
and spend time with others.
-Do not rely on drugs and alcohol as a form of escapism from trauma-related
problems or feelings.