SHAFAKNA TURKEY. Like any natural disaster, an earthquake has a devastating effect on human psychology, and this process can adversely affect children, psychologist Irem Naz Kyrmyzy said: “Reduce screen exposure to children, do not cause secondary injuries, even if there is no trauma in the first place . Don’t talk too much about this situation, don’t show news footage. Not every image and sound is suitable for every age.
Talking about what can be done about the deep sadness and stress caused by the earthquake in our country, psychologist Irem Naz Kyrmyzy explained what consequences an earthquake can have on children and what responsibilities fall on families.
It also has a devastating effect on human psychology.
Noting that earthquakes, like any natural disaster, have a devastating effect on human psychology and that this process can adversely affect their children, Psk. “Knowing, recognizing and understanding these effects will help us deal with the psychological chaos they create. Since people react differently to each event, they will also differ in how they think about a disaster. While the first shock effect that occurs during an incident is quiet and introverted, some may meet it with weeping and squealing.
Don’t forget to tell your children about the earthquake.
Claiming that children can also be adversely affected by this process, Psk. “Reduce the impact of children’s screen, do not cause secondary trauma, even if there is not in the first trauma. Don’t talk to him too much about the situation, don’t show him the pictures. Not every news image and sound about an earthquake is suitable for all ages. You must be clear and informative without exaggerating what is available. Listen carefully to his questions about the earthquake and try to answer them without hesitation.
Meeting their physical needs should be a priority.
Ps. Irem Naz Kyrmyzy had the following to say about how to deal with people with PTSD:
Emotions that may arise after a natural disaster may take the form of fear, anger, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, or a frozen image. You may be confused, have difficulty distinguishing between time and space, understand what is happening, and remain indecisive. You may be physically stressed, tired, have trouble sleeping, pain, irregular heart rate, nausea, and decreased appetite. You may experience problems in social life, anxiety, insecurity, anger, difficulty in controlling, feelings of abandonment, guilt while eating or sleeping, excessive blaming, feeling empty. Meeting the physical needs of the people we see in such a situation should be a priority. It is necessary that a person feel safe after meeting their needs for food, shelter and medical care. If he wants to tell his story, listen in a way that makes him feel understood, not alone. Providing accurate and explanatory clear information about the situation from the right sources, information that we confirm as from reliable sources, must be conveyed without hiding the truth, without obfuscating it. It is necessary to deliver a person to the nearest aid organization and help prepare the ground for contact with the survivors.”
Children may be afraid of earthquakes
Having stated that the reaction in children is not the same as in adults, Psk said. Crimea shared the following information:
“Children convey the same reactions that you show in the face of adversity by watching them. How much a child is affected by an earthquake depends on their age. Because children under school age cannot express their feelings and thoughts like adults, they may show physical symptoms such as bedwetting, thumb sucking, difficulty sleeping at night, being with you, frequent anger and crying, nausea-vomiting . They may be afraid that they will experience an earthquake again and again.”
Be open and informative
Pointing out that your child should be taught that an earthquake is a natural phenomenon, Psk. “Explain that it’s okay to be afraid and have nightmares, and it’s okay to cry and be sad. There was an earthquake in our country and our house was destroyed, we will not be able to stay in our house for a while, but now the place where we are is safe, and I am with you, I will not leave you. Look, a lot of the people involved in this issue are working to keep us safe and help people. You must be clear and informative without exaggerating what is available. Listen carefully to their questions about the earthquake and try to answer them without embellishment. If he asks, reach out more and show interest.
Don’t show images
Emphasizing that children should not be shown images of earthquakes, Psk. “Reduce the impact of children’s screen, do not cause secondary trauma, even if there is not in the first trauma. Don’t talk to him too much about the situation, don’t show him the pictures. Not all images and sounds are suitable for all ages. They can’t think like you, remember. After some time, get the help of psychotherapists in the field of trauma, both individually and for children,” he concluded.
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