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APA Offers Resources on Managing Traumatic Stress in Wake of Haiti Earthquake
Date:1/14/2010

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For those who may be struggling to cope from a distance or are having trouble dealing with the images of the Haiti earthquake aftermath, the American Psychological Association (APA) offers free resources on managing distress from afar and tips for recovering from disasters on its Web site, www.apa.org/helpcenter.

"The sheer number of lost lives, the wounded and the destruction of homes and communities as a result of the earthquake is tragic," said APA President Carol Goodheart, Ed.D. "This is also a difficult time for those who are witnessing from a distance the loss of friends and family and the destruction of land in their native country."

People living in the United States who have lost family and friends or are waiting for news of their loved ones are most likely to feel distress about this disaster. APA offers the following tips to help people mange any distress:

  • Take a news break.  Watching endless replays of footage from the disaster can make your stress even greater.  Although you will want to keep informed – especially if you have loved ones in Haiti – taking a break from watching the news or social media updates can lessen your distress. 
  • Control what you can. There are routines in your life that you can continue, such as going to work or school and making meals.  It helps to maintain these routines to give yourself a break from constantly thinking about
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