Karen Hyatt, an emergency mental health specialist, says most people know when they’re stressed, but don’t take advantage of the professional help that’s available.
“It’s not easy for people to ask for any kind of emotional assistance or anxiety control, we’re just not geared that way,” Hyatt says. “People are more apt to say their neighbor needs help.”
While she says it’s important to deal with the stress, it’s also important to not go too far the other way and not take the threat seriously.
Hyatt says the projections say the flooding could last 60 to 90 days and sometimes people become complacent and don’t continue adhering to safety plans because nothing has been happening.
She says people need to realize it’s normal to feel a range of emotions in this situation and it’s important to find ways to cope and to seek help if you feel overwhelmed.