After a disaster, survivors, loved ones, or first responders are at risk for distress. It's important to know when to ask for help. Signs of stress related to disaster may include:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and things
  • Unable to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
  • Feeling unusually confused or forgetful; on edge, angry, or upset; or worried and scared
  • Having low or no energy
  • Irritable or moody
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than you should
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Having thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head
  • Nightmares and/or Flashbacks
  • Easily startled
  • Think of hurting or killing yourself or someone else