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  • My media inspiration is a video I found on internet pertaining to PTSD in children in tornado situations. Children of the Storm - YouTube Also from my own experiences as a child and adult in Oklahoma. I don’t think people truly realize that PTSD is not only associated with military but with all aspect of law enforcement, rescue personnel and the victims and volunteers in disasters of all kinds.
  • The long term effects of emotional trauma after a natural disaster are becoming more common, or at least more noticed.
  • Memories from a traumatic moment are stored in these areas and the emotions associated with them. So when a similar situation or a flashback occurs it is like reliving that moment for the individual.
  • Each individual reacts differently to all of these treatments.


  • 1.  A different view….
  • 2. The Calm before the storm Your Sitting in your living room somewhere in the heart of Tornado Alley watching your favorite show. You’ve been reading the severe thunderstorm warnings scroll across the bottom of the screen that include the county you live in and your under a Tornado watch , when you suddenly hear the warning sirens go off in town. Your Mom and Dad tell you to head for the safe room or cellar. Your scared now, terrified. Your in a dark cold room now and loud banging and roaring noises are going on outside the door and the door is shaking. It becomes deafening and your ears pop from the change in the air pressure. Then it gets deadly quiet. Your dad opens the door …. Sunlight comes through…your home is gone , everything that was safe and familiar to you is gone , along with your neighbor hood. You survived. Some of your neighbors did not and others are walking around with injuries screaming for their loved ones that they can’t find. The stage is set for PTSD from a natural disaster.
  • 3. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD
  • 4. PTSD This is an anxiety disorder that develops after a traumatic event such as rape, child abuse ,war, natural disasters and near death experiences.
  • 5. Biological Basis Hippocampus- Memory Amygdala- infuses memories with strong emotion Pre-frontal cortex-judgment and planning
  • 6. Treatments Psychotherapy- is therapeutic interaction or treatment contracted between a trained professional and a client, patient, family, couple, or group. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy a type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns or treat mood disorders such as depression. Medications-Anti- psychotics Zoloft , Celexa ,