Depression after a disaster is very common. There are a few things one needs to keep in mind while dealing with the aftermath of disaster.
It is normal to fear for your personal safety and for that of your family and friends.
Don`t deny this fear and depression within you. It will be harder to cope with it. Accept it as a normal reaction to disaster.
If there is any community help, make use of it. Knowing you are not alone will give you a sense of comfort.
It is common to feel vengeful. But very little good ever comes out of a sense of revenge.
Each person will react differently to disaster and depression. Don`t expect everybody to react the way you did.
People need help managing the turmoil when they exhibit the following symptoms:
- Difficulty expressing their feelings and maintaining a mental balance.
- Poor work performances, inability to concentrate on any project or chore.
- Niggling health problems like headaches, stomachaches, persistent colds etc.
- Increased use of drugs and/or alcohol.
- Immense sadness.
- Reluctance to step out of their homes.
- Fear of crowds and strange people.
How to handle the depression:
Talk to people about your feelings- your fear, your sorrow and even your anger- no matter how difficult it seems.
Don`t hold yourself responsible for your inability to prevent the disaster or to help later.
Try maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Make sure you and your family have healthy meals, exercise and relax together. Even praying together will help.
Try to maintain normalcy in your daily routine.
Try not to be alone. Spend time with family and friends. It`s beneficial to you and to them.
Participate in community projects and rituals. They help you express your feelings.
Use the help of support groups. They can help a lot more than you believe.