The Aftermath: Coping with Resilience in the Aftermath of September
As the anniversaries
of the September 11th attacks continue to pass, we respond to the terrorist
attacks and the resulting aftermath with resiliency. For most
of us, even while we grieve, our symptoms of trauma are now less
acute. Our actions turn to charity, prayer, memorializing, reflection,
and sharing our views with our government to facilitate a just
Reactions to Disaster and Trauma
Read suggestions for dealing with anniversary and post-anniversary
reactions that you can start to do today.
Responses to Tragedy & When to Seek Additional Counseling
We reflect on
the spiritual, psychological, political, and cultural implications
of terrorism and war for our lives. Some of us continue to grieve
and mourn over loved ones who have been injured, are missing,
or have died. The changing economy has affected our families'
jobs and income levels. You may continue to have strong reactions
at times -- which, especially during anniversaries, are normal
responses to tragedy. It also helps to know that support is available
when you need it.
for Parents to Help Children Cope with Trauma
Associations web pages on "Managing Traumatic Stress: Tips for Recovering From Disasters and Other Traumatic Events."
Counseling Center programs & services provided in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001:
Loves NY: A group of students from NYC
and vicinity met on October 31st to discuss how the September
11th attacks affected them, especially after having seen the aftermath
when they went home over October break.
Aftershocks of Terrorism: Understanding the Psychological
Impact of Trauma Presented as part of the Week
of Education on War and Peace series of programs. This panel,
powerpoint presentation, and discussion focused on the psychological
and biological responses to terrorism and trauma, including the
wide range of normal responses to trauma, resiliency, Acute Stress
Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Treatment issues
were also discussed. Thirty-five Notre Dame and South Bend community
participants attended on November 13th.
in the wake of our nation's tragedy:
This topic formed the basis for a brief support group and
related workshops for students offered during the fall of 2001.
it's more than the holidays: Stress from terror attacks continue
to affect Americans - The South Bend Tribune newspaper
interviewed Drs. Len Hickman and Wendy Settle for this 11/26/01
article on how Americans have dealt with stress after September
Views from Notre Dame, December 4, 2001: Coping
with holiday stress in light of the aftermath of September