Watching the news this morning is heartbreaking. We see families hunkered down and hoping that they survive. We see families dragging themselves through waist high water, trying to find someplace dry. We see families in shelters, wondering if friends and other family members are safe and if they will have a home to go back to when the water recedes.
I can’t help but wonder about the emotional toll all of this devastation will have on people.
We think of PTSD as a issue people struggle with after a violent situation. War. Assault. Death. But, in truth PTSD can be triggered by any traumatic incident or situation.
In the days, weeks and months to come, the people of Texas and all those affected by hurricane Harvey are going to need so much. Some people will have lost everything. Some will have ‘survived,’ but they still may pay an emotional price. This is especially true of children and teens who may lack the ability to properly process what has occurred.
There is research that indicates that PTSD can be somewhat cumulative. A child struggles with the death of a close family member. A teen is in an auto accident. An adult is involved in assault. And then the house burns down and they just can’t deal with things anymore. Hurricane Harvey may be the only trigger or may be the last straw for those affected. We must not only send money for food and blankets, we must see that there is physical and mental health care for those who live through this terrible, terrible situation.
If you or a loved one is struggling with depression, anxiety or PTSD, whatever the circumstances, seek help. You don’t have to go through this alone. We are here to help. We can provide referrals to licensed professionals as well as provide ancillary services that can be a powerful way to help you towards health and healing. Call us or email us if you would like to visit the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our incredible herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.
OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TODAY.