The staff at the Counseling and Psychological Services is available to help the Creighton University community manage the stress and anxiety associated with war and terrorism. If you or your group needs consultation, support, outreach programming, or anything else, please give us a call at (402) 280-2733.
The following article from the National Mental Health Association may be useful towards understanding your own reactions to current events.
Facing a new war and the continuing terrorist threat, Americans are experiencing many powerful emotions. For most people, the intense feelings of anxiety, sadness, grief and anger are healthy and appropriate. But some people may have a more profound and debilitating reaction to the war.
It is important to remember that everyone reacts differently to trauma and each person has his or her own tolerance level for difficult feelings. To cope with these emotions, there are some things you can do for yourself and others. Experts say that remaining engaged in our world, staying connected with people, and being optimistic about the challenges ahead are key to riding through otherwise traumatic times. In fact, in times of turmoil, people can make changes that improve their lives and life satisfaction.
Knowing what is a normal response to an abnormal situation, and what signs might indicate you have a more serious problem, will help you determine if and when to seek help from a mental health professional.
It is common to have difficulty managing your feelings during times of war, threat of terrorism or traumatic events. Many people will experience such symptoms as:
Signs to Seek Help
When feelings do not go away or are so intense that they impair your ability to function in daily life, you may have a diagnosable disorder that requires mental healthcare. There are signs that can help you determine whether you are having a normal reaction to our nation’s crisis or if you’re experiencing a mental health problem. These signs include:
If you are experiencing these symptoms, please speak with someone at the Counseling Center.
Tips for Coping
I'm at School, My Friend's at War (David Onestak, Ph.D.)
As we approach what seems to be an almost certain conflict with Iraq, an increasing number of students approach me with their concerns about high school and college friends who have been (or may soon be) deployed for military service. These students, like the young adults of previous war-time generations, express feelings commonly associated with the trauma of military deployment (e.g., fear, anxiety, sadness, anger, etc.), with particular apprehension about what they will experience if actual combat occurs. More...
Terrorism-Preparing for the Unexpected (ARC)
Devastating acts, such as the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, have left many concerned about the possibility of future incidents in the United States and their potential impact. They have raised uncertainty about what might happen next, increasing stress levels. Nevertheless, there are things you can do to prepare for the unexpected and reduce the stress that you may feel now and later should another emergency arise. More...
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Whitehouse: Homeland Security
American Red Cross
National Mental Health Association