People who go through or witness violent events such as school shootings, combat, rape, torture, natural disasters or accidents have experienced a traumatic stress. And some are repeatedly exposed to life or death situations in their work, such as EMT and rescue workers, police officers, fire fighters and military personnel. Understanding the effects of traumatic stress and the normal responses that may follow these abnormal events can help you cope with your thoughts and feelings on the path to recovery.

Whenever there is a disaster of any magnitude, psychologists often are mobilized to help.

What psychologists do on disaster relief operations

Psychologists don’t offer therapy at disaster sites. Instead, they help survivors build on their internal strengths to start the process of recovery.
Manage flood-related distress by building resilience

Manage flood-related distress by building resilience

You can take steps today to reduce stressful emotions in the midst of the flood-related chaos by strengthening your resilience.
Managing traumatic stress: Coping with terrorism

Managing traumatic stress: Coping with terrorism

A society experiences extreme fear and a sense of helplessness when terrorist acts occur, but there are things you can do to cope with the stress of terrorism’s aftermath.