“Keep your kids away from earthquake images”
Psychologist İrem Naz Kırmızı mentioned what can be done about the deep sadness and stress caused by the earthquake disaster in our country and explained what impact the earthquake could have on children and the responsibilities of 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 their children can be adversely affected by this process, Psk said. “Knowing, recognizing and interpreting these effects makes it easier for us to deal with the psychological chaos it causes. Because people react differently to each event, they will also differ in the process of understanding the natural disaster.
While the initial shock effect that will occur at the time of the incident takes place in a quiet and introverted manner, some may face it by crying and whimpering. Do not forget to tell your children about the earthquake. Explaining that children can also be adversely affected by this process, Psk. “Reduce children’s screen exposure, do not cause secondary trauma, even if there is no trauma in the first. Don’t talk to him too much about this situation, don’t show the images. Not every news image and sound about the earthquake is suitable for all ages. You need to be clear and informative, without exaggerating what is available. Listen carefully to their questions about the earthquake and try to answer them without glare. Meeting their physical needs should be a priority Psk. İrem Naz Kırmızı said the following about how to approach people with post-traumatic mood disorders:
“Emotions that can arise after a natural disaster can take the form of fear, anger, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness or a frozen image. You may become confused, have difficulty distinguishing between time and space, understand what is happening and remain undecided. You may be physically tense, tired, have trouble sleeping, pain, an irregular heart rhythm, nausea and loss of appetite. You may experience problems in your social life, restlessness, insecurity, anger, difficulty controlling, feeling abandoned, feeling guilty while eating or sleeping, being overly blaming, feeling empty. It should be a priority to meet the physical needs of people we see in such a situation. It is necessary to make the person feel safe after meeting their food, shelter and medical needs. If he wants to tell his story, listening should make him feel understood and not alone. Providing accurate and explanatory clear information about the situation from the right sources, information that we confirm is from reliable sources, must be conveyed without concealing the truth, without confusing it. It is necessary to take the person to the nearest aid agency and help prepare the way for contact with the survivors.”
Children can be afraid of earthquakes
Psk said children show different reactions than adults. Crimea shared the following information: “Children share your reactions to disasters by observing them. How much the child is affected by the earthquake depends on his age. Because children under school age cannot express their feelings and thoughts like adults, they may display physical symptoms such as bed-wetting, thumb sucking, difficulty sleeping at night, staying with you, getting angry and crying frequently, nausea and vomiting. They may fear that they will experience the earthquake again and again.” Be open and informative “Psk. “Explain that it is normal to be afraid and to have nightmares, and that it is normal 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 stay is safe and I am with you, I will not leave you. Look, a lot of people on this issue are working to keep us safe and help people. You need to be clear and informative, without exaggerating what is available. Listen carefully to their questions about the earthquake and try to answer them without glare. If he asks for it, get in touch with more and show interest.” Do not show the images Psk. Crimea,
“Reduce children’s screen exposure, do not cause secondary trauma, even if there is no primary trauma. Don’t talk to him too much about this situation, don’t show the images. Not all images and sounds are suitable for all ages. They can’t think like you, remember. After a while, seek help from psychotherapists in the field of trauma, both individually and for children.”