In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, almost everyone will
find themselves unable to stop thinking about what happened.
These are called intrusion or reexperiencing symptoms. They will
also exhibit high levels of arousal. For most, fear, anxiety,
re-experiencing, efforts to avoid reminders, and arousal
symptoms, if present, will gradually decrease over time. The
expected psychological outcome is recovery, not psychopathology.
What are common stress reactions in the wake of disaster?