Dr. Gary Small, M.D.

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Gary Small, M.D., is Chair of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center, and Physician in Chief for Behavioral Health Services at Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest, most comprehensive and integrated healthcare network. Dr. Small has often appeared on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, and CNN and is co-author (with his wife Gigi Vorgan) of 10 popular books, including New York Times bestseller, “The Memory Bible,” “The Small Guide to Anxiety,” and “The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.”

Tags: extreme weather | post-traumatic stress disorder
OPINION

Coping With Stress From Natural Disasters

Dr. Small By Wednesday, 29 May 2019 04:34 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

Extreme weather has devastated millions of lives in North America and the rest of the world.

Calmer weather after the storm does not erase the tremendous psychological stress caused by these natural disasters, leaving many people at a heightened risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suffering symptoms that can last for years.

An estimated 4 percent of people who survive a natural disaster develop PTSD.

Here are some simple strategies to help reduce some of the mental stress of these experiences:

• Distract yourself. Playing games, listening to music, and watching movies or TV can help get your mind off the recent disaster and help to mitigate anxieties and worries.

• Try stress reduction exercises. Meditation, deep breathing, and other mindfulness techniques can improve mood and bolster coping mechanisms.

• Remain close with others. Spend time with friends and family and talk about your concerns so you don’t feel alone.

• Stay active. Physical exercise can lower anxiety levels, improve mood in general, and help you get restful sleep to improve your mental state the next day.

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