PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Amy Cross has difficulty explaining the stress of living in a city splintered by hurricane Michael.…
PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Amy Cross has difficulty explaining the stress of living in a city splintered by hurricane Michael. She is afraid of having heard shots at night and she is confused because she no longer recognizes the place where she has spent 45 years.
“I just know I do not feel right and home does not feel like home at all, Sade Cross.
Health professionals say they see signs of mental problems in residents more than a week after Michael and the problems can continue, because a short-term disaster will be a long-term recovery that will take years.
Tony Averbuch, who leads a disaster care assistant team who sees 80-100 patients daily in tents set up in a parking lot at the badly injured hospital in Bay Medical Sacred Heart, [1
9659002] It’s hard to imagine: just getting to the treatment site means navigating in streets with roadblocks and fallen toolbars, and the hospital building has been opened open by Michael’s powerful winds.
“In some form of disaster, we find that people have been exposed to circumstances that are far beyond what they usually is about daily, says Averbuch, from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
For Cross, it meant getting new prescriptions for medicine she takes for depression.
“We’re in shock. This is a lot. It’s heartbreaking, “she said.
Signs of trauma are not a surprise for those who studied people after Hurricane Katrina 2005. In Mexico Beach, it was similar to southern Mississippi, where all societies were flat by wind and storm surplus and Panama City may take years to rebuild, as well as parts of New Orleans after the subway flooded.
Dr. Irwin Redlener from the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University observed widespread long-term psychological effects after Katrina A study showed that five years after the storm reported the parents that more than 37 percent of the children had been diagnosed clinically with depression, anxiety or behavioral disturbance.
Redlener says that it is partly because parents are overwhelmed and less to buffer their children from bad experiences.
“They survived a major disaster event, which is good. But everything they knew was gone, he said.
Researcher David Murphey said the children look at their parents for clues like how to respond to completely new and scary situations.
“If they see parents falling apart at the seams, it will also create anxiety for the children,” says Murphey.
Dr Emily Harville, Associate Professor at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans said that most people return to where they were within a year or so, but others will have difficulties for a longer period of time.
“There will be a small group that still has long-term psychological problems,” she said .
Mayor of Panama City Greg Brudnicki said that a high school was played on Saturday this afternoon was part of an attempt to restore the familiar patterns of life, to “create normality” in a way that would help people feel more satisfied in a city devastated by the hurricane.
“People have a stress. They have not had any way of communicating, no tools. It has been difficult. But we have worked very hard to create an environment that makes it as good as possible, “says Brudnicki.
The game was a pick-up for many. Missy Guynn, an English teacher at Mosley High School, hugged students she had not seen or heard since Michael.
“I was worried about them. It was nice to see them joining them today and seeing them okay,” she said.
Jessyka Bartice, 34, in Panama City is worried about both her hometown and cares for her child. But she is also looking for good in a horrible situation. Perhaps problems like crime, drugs and crime will be improved, as people forced to work together during and after the storm create new bonds ahead, she said.
It’s a very sad thing for this to happen, but it’s all along, “she said.” It will make this city a bigger and better place. “