Our country, which is an earthquake country, is known as the 1-7 March Earthquake Week. It is aimed to raise awareness about preparations for possible earthquakes.
Expert Psychologist Serkan Elçi gave important advice on dealing with the fear of earthquakes and earthquakes.
Earthquake trauma should not last more than a month
Noting that there are three types of earthquake-related traumas, Serkan Elçi said, “There are three types of trauma. Primary trauma is the direct exposure of the person to this event. Secondary trauma is the exposure of a person’s relatives to it. Tertiary trauma is the processes that continue through the media and news. Acute trauma can cause serious problems when it lasts for more than a month, ”he warned.
Watch out for post-traumatic stress disorder!
Noting that it is very important to address the traumatic processes of people after the earthquake, Serkan Elçi said, “Post-traumatic stress disorder is a name we give to the processes that develop after a certain period of time and do not experience improvement in the mental state of the person. In fact, every trauma is a loss and every loss contains mourning, ”he said.
Serkan Elçi pointed out that there were certain reactions people showed during the mourning periods and said, “Some of these are anger, bargaining, being depressed, and then the process of acceptance begins. Therefore, it is quite normal for people to have anger, rebellion, bargaining and depressive slump during this period, ”he said.
Earthquake trauma should be intervened in a timely manner
Specialist Clinical Psychologist Serkan Elçi, who noted that the traumas that occur after the earthquake should be intervened in a timely manner, said, “When these traumas are not resolved, that is, if this person is not intervened in time, the person may experience problems with his family in the future, anxiety disorders called anxiety, if he does not use alcohol, he may turn to alcohol and inflict violence on his children. “Raw, unprocessed information, which has a different psychological background, may appear as a different psychological problem after a while.”
Pointing out that traumatic events such as earthquakes can be triggered years later when similar events occur, Serkan Elçi said, “Even people who have never known an earthquake can have very clear information about the earthquake. “Right now, even young children know about the earthquake because it is being talked about”.
In the fear of earthquakes, the child takes his parents as an example
Stating that parents have important responsibilities in dealing with earthquake anxiety especially in children, Serkan Elçi said, “Parents’ anxiety passes clearly to the child. Of course, while giving information about the earthquake, the child should not be lied to, but it is very important to be able to make him feel safe, honestly.
Specialist Clinical Psychologist Serkan Elçi pointed out the importance of awareness about earthquakes and taking precautions in combating earthquake phobia.