PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) is the most severe form of emotional and psychological trauma. Its primary symptoms include intrusive memories or flashbacks, avoiding things that remind you of the traumatic event, and living in a constant state of “red alert”. If you have PTSD, it’s important to see a trauma specialist.” – Help Guide 1

Anxiety/Fearfulness is only one of the reaction people have, the symptoms can include chest pain, difficulty breathing, evaluated heart rate and blood pressure, surges of adrenaline, and unreasonable fear. The physical reactions come from the fight or flight response, and increases the supply of oxygen to the blood, muscle become more tense to improve response time. Modern man with his giant brain has thought himself into a corner with regards to anxiety, we tend to try to think our way out of a crisis. Survivalists should try to imagine situations that are likely to occur, and have detailed plans of action memorized long before any such event takes place, when an event happens stick to the plan, take action regards of how you feel.

Numbness, as in devoid of emotions, is another emotional response to disaster. This is where you have to force yourself to trust those in your group, trust your preplanned set of actions, even when you do not feel like it. Numbness is a sense of disconnection to the events and people around you, combined sometimes with a sense of constant danger. You can be prone to this even if you are ready for a disaster, but already under stress from daily life. This is one of the reasons I advocate for the living it now lifestyle you plan to be in after the end of your world as you know it. Choosing to live self-efficiently now, being self-reliant now, lessens the impact of an event that forces people into that lifestyle.

Depression has been called the number one killer in America in recent years. It is connected to so many pharmaceutical drugs I’m surprised that it doesn’t have it’s own index on the stock market. Depression is the result of one of two factors when it is boiled down to it’s basics, either the cause is related to something in which a person feels they are the victim of something out of their control, or it is related to a low self-image. In the case of situations that are out of your control, you can not avoid it WSHTF, you will feel this way, it is a normal response to overwhelming events, but it doesn’t mean you can do nothing. The cure for almost all emotional issues that arise from disasters is action. This means that you will have to plan out what you are going to do, even while waiting for the dust to settle. This can include reviewing first aid materials, reading hard copies of guides, checking the state of supplies, the list will need to go on for how long you might have to wait before you can start working on the garden, or even to bug out to a safer place. This same set of preparations will help with feelings of guilt (survivors guilt), grief, vulnerability, and even disbelief for those with you.

“Pamper yourself. Get plenty of rest. Eat regular meals even if you don’t feel like it. Take precautions to be safe and comfortable. Be as self-nurturing as you can. ” – CIGNA Behavioral Health 2

– Wolfe


2CIGNA Behavioral Health – Disaster Reactions: How to Cope with Them [PDF]