Since the earthquake, things may feel different, scary or strange. You may find yourself reacting strongly to things that did not bother you before, like loud noises or sudden movements. You may find that you feel anxious, have no energy, experience nightmares, or are scared to fall asleep. Or that your moods are not following the same patterns as before.
After a major traumatic event, such as the April 25th earthquake or the May 12th aftershock, it is normal for many people to have such reactions. It is also normal not to have such reactions.
When adults are challenged to understand the situation, you can imagine that many kids are struggling to make sense of it too. Lots of kids might be asking these questions after such disasters.
“What is happening?”
“Do other kids think and feel the same?”
“What will happen to me if something happens to my parents or siblings?”
“How long will these feelings last?”
“Will I be okay? Am I safe now?”
“Who can I talk to about my feelings?”