Human disasters are unexpected, sudden and overwhelming. Events like terror attacks and home invasions can take a toll on a victim’s emotional being. Here is a look into how such human-made disasters can trigger damage on a person’s psyche.
The first reaction to a human disaster is shock. The victim goes into denial, not believing what has happened. It can sometimes give way to stronger feelings that make it very difficult to control emotions.
It is normal to get scared and feel the stress during or after a human-caused disaster. The victim will be stressed out with the happenings of the attack and sometimes, bear it for months, also called posttraumatic stress (PTSD). Apart from anxiety and depression, there may be panic attacks too.
If the disaster takes place at a place the victim always felt safe and secure in, he might experience insecurity every time he steps out. Recurrence of this feeling may make the victim feel unsafe more often than not.
Human disaster can spark depression, extreme stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental health conditions that may develop from emotional trauma or shock.