Symptoms of survivor guilt and how to cope

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- You came through Hurricane Harvey safe and sound, and maybe even without storm damage to your property. You should be thrilled. But why doesn't it quite seem that way?

Survivor guilt is a particular condition that may develop in people who have survived a life-threatening or traumatic situation. This is more likely to occur in children and adolescents.



Symptoms may include:
Nightmares
Difficulty sleeping
Flashbacks to the event
Loss of motivation
Irritability
Anxiety
Thoughts about the meaning of life



How to cope:
Recognize these feelings are common and part of grief process
Regular exercise, or relaxing activities
Healthy diet
Plenty of rest
Support by others who shared the experience
In severe cases, support of therapist or counselor may be advised

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