Potential Emotional Reactions to Disasters such as Hurricane Harvey
*If you notice these signs, it may be time to seek emotional support.*


  • Thumb sucking
  • Bedwetting
  • Clinging to parents (e.g., refuse to sleep alone, trouble separating)
  • Sleep disturbances (e.g., nightmares, trouble falling/staying asleep)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fear of the dark
  • Regression in behavior (e.g., loss of toileting skills)
  • Withdrawal from friends and routines

School-Age Children

  • Irritability
  • Aggressiveness
  • Clinginess
  • Nightmares
  • School avoidance
  • Poor concentration
  • Withdrawal from activities and friends


  • Sleeping and eating disturbances
  • Agitation
  • Increase in conflicts
  • Physical complaints
  • Delinquent/risk-taking behavior
  • Poor concentration
  • Withdrawal from activities and friends


  • Feeling physically and mentally drained
  • Having difficulty making decisions or staying focused on topics
  • More easily frustrated on a more frequent basis
  • Arguing more with family and friends
  • Hypervigilance; increased startle response
  • Flashbacks; nightmares
  • Feeling tired, sad, numb, lonely, or worried
  • Changes in appetite or sleep patterns
  • Increase in alcohol or drug consumption; smoking
  • Physical symptoms such as fatigue, indigestion, headaches, backaches, or stomachaches
  • Loss of interest in things once enjoyed
  • Feeling guilty, helpless, or hopeless
  • Avoiding family and friends
  • Experiencing relationship or work difficulties

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