Dealing with the effects of stress or disaster

APPROXIMATELY 9% of the 34,000 military personnel evacuated from Iraq and Afghanistan between 2004 and 2007 had psychiatric problems. Many of these were stress reactions.1 Acute stress disorder can occur a few weeks after a severe traumatic event such as combat or following a natural disaster.

The affected person may have heightened arousal or detachment, or seem to be in a daze. In most people, these symptoms resolve and Therapeutic Guidelines: Psychotropic advise that drug treatment is rarely