Sandy Stress – how to deal?

[Continuing the Your life back on track article series from Jessica Kasevich of JK Therapy…]

How do deal with stress and anguish from Hurricane Sandy

By Jessica Kasevich

Dear Fellow Hobokenites,

I am sorry that many of you have experienced such tragedy as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

It is sad to see our town is in such disarray and our citizens struggling. It is my goal that this letter will help you understand many of the normal feelings that arise as a result of being exposed to such a traumatic event such as Hurricane Sandy, ways in which to manage these feelings and or symptoms and community resources available to you. I hope that this information will decrease any stress you may have and increase your vision for a better future for you, your family and the community of Hoboken.

Many of your are probably feeling STRESSED, tired of wondering if your power and heat will be turned on or wondering how long you will have to wait in line at the gas pumps, hoping that the stressed out motorist plowing through the intersection will stop, wishing for a warm home cooked meal and a hot cup of coffee.

Some of you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, your home, car and possessions. Whatever losses you are dealing with know that it is normal to feel an array of mixed emotions: anger, frustration, fatigue and sadness.

Please monitor these symptoms in the upcoming weeks and months and know that if they persist you may be experiencing Depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and know that this is common after such a horrific and stressful tragedy.

How do you know if you are experiencing Depression or PTSD?

According to the National Center for PTSD the following are symptoms that you are experiencing:

DEPRESSION:

  • Feeling sad most of the time
  • No longer enjoying activities you use to engage in
  • Change in sleeping or eating patterns
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • Feeling down on yourself

PTSD:

  • Nightmares or flashbacks of the tragic event
  • Something you hear, smell or see triggering you to feel like you are reliving the event (police siren)
  • Avoiding situations that remind you of the event (Downtown Hoboken, 2nd and Madison) or thoughts, (keeping busy so you don’t think about the trauma you experienced)
  • Feeling Numb: Difficulty expressing emotions, not having positive feelings toward others
  • Hyper-arousal: Feeling keyed up, trouble sleeping, feeling jumpy

How to decrease onset of Depression and/or PTSD?

According to the National Center for PTSD, Survivors should:

  • Decrease exposure to media coverage as watching the events over and over again increasing the likely that one will develop Depression and or PTSD
  • Take deep breaths to decrease anger if the feeling surfaces
  • Plan ahead for future hurricanes to increase sense of safety
  • If children are watching media coverage point out the helping professions, fire fighters, police to increase sense of safety instead of fear
  • Solicit questions from children. Fear of the unknown is worse than knowing
  • Spend time with others: Social support or lack there of is a major factor in recovery from Depression and PTSD. Those without family or social support have a higher rate of lingered symptoms then those who do

Other Resources:

  • If symptoms of Depression and PTSD linger and life becomes difficult to mange it is advisable to seek help from your doctor and or a therapist
  • Local support Group in the area The Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance located at 880 Bergen Avenue 6th Floor Jersey City. Contact: Randall Goya: rgoya@yahoo.com for more information
  • Hoboken University’s Out Patient Mental Health Center: 506 3rd Street Hoboken 201-792-8200

I hope this letter has helped and I welcome the opportunity to get your life back on track by fielding any concerns or questions you may have about Depression or PTSD.

Feel free to contact me at: www.jktherapy.com or via email at Jessica @jktherapy.com

18 Responses

  1. Happy Wendi says:

    Jessica you left out the stress caused by lack of television and cell battery charge. Would that kind of stress require therapy to overcome?

  2. CityGirlinHoboken says:

    This therapist takes NO INSURANCE. What a joke.

    • HoBoSearch says:

      LOL I saw that too. A huge Joke..

      Hey Hobokenites I know a lot of you are going through a tough time but come on by and pay me loads of money! [quote comment=”217971″]This therapist takes NO INSURANCE. What a joke.[/quote]

    • isabellawonder says:

      If have a problem with that I suggest you “take it to the voting booth today” you are old enough to vote right? because your you reply is very childish.

      :mrgreen: [quote comment=”217971″]This therapist takes NO INSURANCE. What a joke.[/quote]

  3. elky17 says:

    woman has no shame or class-boycott this

  4. JKTherapy says:

    For the past three months I have been writing articles for Hoboken411. When I was first introduced I explained my branding, that my company is geared toward helping our commuter community as illustrated by my logo, webpage, and tagline: your life back on track (referring to the Path) and pictures associated with being a commuter: Path and maps. I am sorry if many of you first time readers today were not aware of my branding.
    I also know that many people do not have insurance and have provided information on a free support group in the resource section of the article and the Community Mental Health Center associated with Hoboken University Medial center which provides counseling services on a sliding scale fee. Many therapists do not take insurance as the panels they apply for such as Oxford, and HBCBS have not been accepting new clients for quit sometime. This is my experience and the experiences of many other therapists. As mentioned in my website I do provide my patients with monthly statements for them to use as a tax write off under medical expenses.
    The intention of the posting was to help people become aware of symptoms of depression, anxiety and possible PTSD. I do not believe people should have to live with these symptoms if there is help out there to alleviate them. As mentioned in the article if symptoms persist please contact your doctor or a therapist so you can get your life back on track. Again, I welcome any questions you may have.

    Best,
    Jessica

  5. CityGirlinHoboken says:

    If she wanted to help she’d do it for free for group sessions or whatever….but capitalizing on a disaster is tasteless and NOT in the spirit of what we are about in Hoboken.

    • isabellawonder says:

      yeah city girl: read much? guess you missed what Jessica K. ( gave you FOR FREE)
      READ BELOW ( IF YOU CAN READ)
      Other Resources:

      ▪If symptoms of Depression and PTSD linger and life becomes difficult to mange it is advisable to seek help from your doctor and or a therapist

      ▪Local support Group in the area The Depression and Bi-Polar Support Alliance located at 880 Bergen Avenue 6th Floor Jersey City. Contact: Randall Goya: rgoya@yahoo.com for more information

      ▪Hoboken University’s Out Patient Mental Health Center: 506 3rd Street Hoboken 201-792-8200

      :mrgreen: [quote comment=”217984″]If she wanted to help she’d do it for free for group sessions or whatever….but capitalizing on a disaster is tasteless and NOT in the spirit of what we are about in Hoboken.[/quote]

  6. MidnightRacer says:

    I need stress relief from socialists who think others should pay for their luxuries.

  7. isabellawonder says:

    CityGirlinHoboken this ones for you:
    I have never read such a stupid reply to a blog in my life! This woman Jessica is trying to help us . I suggest that instead of having your nails done, your hair done, and buying the new outfit , you should save your pennies to get a good therapist.. you are clearly delusional. Should the police do their jobs without pay? Should the nurses do their jobs without pay? Should everyone just give you everything for free because you think they should?

    I suggest you re-read Jessica’s post and get the help 😀 you need ( its clear you are too busy bashing people to read clearly).. but she did give us free advise and free resources.

    I have lived in NJ all my life ( we stick and pull together) .. you clearly have no idea what that means ..if you want to say you are a city girl then leave NJ now! thank you

  8. HansBrix says:

    I WANT SOMEONE ELSE TO PAY FOR *MY* NON EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE. DADDY? GOVERNMENT? DADDY? INSURANCE COMPANY? DADDY?

    • joey maxim says:

      DADDY WON last night.It’s in Gods hands or a higher power..The proof of the pudding is in the taste..in regard to health care..Sometimes we get what we pray for..hang in there.[quote comment=”217993″]I WANT SOMEONE ELSE TO PAY FOR *MY* NON EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE. DADDY? GOVERNMENT? DADDY? INSURANCE COMPANY? DADDY?[/quote]

    • joey maxim says:

      DADDY WON last night.It’s in Gods hands or a higher power..The proof of the pudding is in the taste..in regard to health care..Sometimes we get what we pray for..hang in there.[quote comment=”217993″]I WANT SOMEONE ELSE TO PAY FOR *MY* NON EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE. DADDY? GOVERNMENT? DADDY? INSURANCE COMPANY? DADDY?[/quote]
      [quote comment=”217993″]I WANT SOMEONE ELSE TO PAY FOR *MY* NON EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE. DADDY? GOVERNMENT? DADDY? INSURANCE COMPANY? DADDY?[/quote]

  9. Chow says:

    Therapy is BS…. Suck it up, deal with the problem – now move on.

    That will be $100 – payable to Head Shrinker!

  10. animal_lover says:

    You think shameless self promotion is bad – try this… Last wek I got a Robo call from an affinity group that regularly solicits my donorship hoping that I was doing Ok.

  11. isabellawonder says:

    I am getting tired of reading that this post was (shameless self promotion).. people read the post! before you leave a stupid comment .

    There was No Self Promotion In IT! ??? COME ON PEOPLE how crazy are you?
    Jk was just trying to help.. if you bothered reading.

    • Chow says:

      Funny, calling people crazy on a post concerning a therapist… this is stressing me out what to do laugh, cry, scream, sing or DANCE!!!! Dance I Say…..[quote comment=”218073″]I am getting tired of reading that this post was (shameless self promotion).. people read the post! before you leave a stupid comment .There was No Self Promotion In IT! ??? COME ON PEOPLE how crazy are you? Jk was just trying to help.. if you bothered reading.[/quote]

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