Physical injuries and tangible losses aside, disasters can bring about various psychological impacts on both disaster survivors and workers. We may feel a sense of heaviness by the mere imagination of post-disaster chaos and aftermath or by coming across the catastrophic scenes through media reports. Directly exposed to the traumatic event, disaster survivors may experience even stronger emotional reactions e.g. depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and grief. Meanwhile, disaster workers may also be under great pressure associated with their duties, such as handling bodies and mutilated remains and coping with dying victims during rescue work.
We have little control over the occurrence of some disasters, but we can learn to cope with stress in the wake of disasters to help reduce anticipatory anxiety. Check out the contents in this section to find out about how disaster survivors and their relatives、the public、disaster workers and their supervisors can respond to a disaster to reduce and manage psychological impacts. Hope you will find the information useful.