Skip to main content Skip to footer site map


  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating
  • Recurring thoughts, dreams or flashbacks to other traumatic events
  • Sleeplessness or fatigue
  • Change in appetite; upset stomach
  • Crying
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Grief
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Quick temper
  • Headache
  • 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 with stress.
  • 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
  • Exercise
  • 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: Information about coping with natural disasters. Many other topics of interest on the site. - 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. 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.