- Difficulty focusing or concentrating
- Recurring thoughts, dreams or flashbacks to other traumatic events
- Sleeplessness or fatigue
- Change in appetite; upset stomach
- Feelings of guilt
- Quick temper
- Alcohol or other drug use
If you are experiencing any of these reactions, take care of yourself by doing some of the following:
- Take several slow, deep breaths to alleviate the feelings of anxiety
- Talk about what is happening
- Talk about your feelings with friends and loved ones
- Create a daily routine so you feel in control
- Eat balanced meals, even if you're not hungry, so you have the energy to deal
- Take time to let your body relax and recover
- Cry when you need to
- Let anger out by beating on a pillow or doing a safe, exhausting physical activity
- Avoid the use of alcohol and other drugs and limit caffeine intake
- Seek help by calling the EAP
If you want further information on how to deal with your emotions or how to cope during a tragedy, please go to the following links:
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/- Information about coping with natural disasters. Many other topics of interest on the site.
http://mentalhealth.about.com/library/crisis/bltips.htm - links to articles about managing mental health in times of crisis. Articles are grouped as follows: for children and adolescents, for adults, for emergency and disaster response workers. Also available in Spanish.
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/studentservices- information related to the MCPS crisis response. Includes links to other Montgomery County resources.
The MCPS Employee Assistance Program is a confidential counseling service staffed by mental health professionals. If you need to talk, have questions, or want information, you may call our office at 240-314-1040 or send an Outlook message to Debra Tipton, Jeffrey Becker, or Robyn Rosenbauer.