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Severe Weather: PTSD

Posted at 6:14 PM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 20:06:29-04

TULSA, OKLA — Tornado sirens blaring and a big black funnel cloud on the horizon.

Howling winds, bright flashes of lightning followed by booming cracks of thunder.

Torrential rain followed by levee breaks, creeks or rivers over-flowing their banks.

It can be ALL be very scary.

Even severe weather events happening in other parts of the country like hurricanes show the devastation power of mother nature’s fury.

The devastation can impact people so intensely, it can result in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

PTSD is commonly associated with veterans of wars, but any traumatic event can be a cause.

The National Institute of Mental Health says symptoms usually show up within three months of the trauma, but not always. This link takes you to its extensive resource sheet that walks you through the signs, symptoms and treatments for adults and children.

OSU Tulsa’s Counseling Office at 700 N Greenwood also has resources. It’s phone number is 918-5894-8568

School counselors and pediatricians are also great resources for parents concerned about their child’s reactions to severe weather.

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