Dealing With Hurricane Sandy Anxiety – What Is Your Reaction To Disasters?

by Dr. Karen Ruskin on October 30, 2012


The Boston Globe’s Daily Dose go-to Psychotherapist source Dr. Karen Ruskin shared her insights just moments before the power blew out in Massachusetts for: Dealing With Hurricane Sandy Anxiety. Check out this informative interview.

There are those of us who take action when confronted with anxiety provoking thoughts. It is those very actions which helps soothe anxiety and worry associated with a natural disaster (e.g., getting a load of laundry done before the power may blow, sending out that extra work email to assure as much is in order as possible, assure there is cash in the house, fill one’s gas tank). There are those who view time at home as an opportunity to spend quality time with their family, since work has been shut down due to the storm (e.g., playing a board game). Those are just but two examples of ways in which some people respond to storms that are out of their control. Both of which are healthy, right?

It is interesting to consider how one’s self and others respond to things that are out of our control. Do we freeze up? Take action? Externalize our worry and get upset with those around us and react in a frenzy like manner? Do we internalize our worry instead of externalize and become depressed or anxious that does not lead us to action and rather inaction? In addition to the above article, check out my blog entitled: Natural Disasters – Are Your Kids Emotionally Prepared? In this blog article I shared the 5 most common responses to natural disasters. Discover the following: What is your response? Are you a combination of 3 and 5: the most healthy reactive response? Or just one main style? What is your child’s response? Your spouse? Your friend?

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