Experts warn of mental tolls linked to Ala. storms

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Mental health professionals say Alabamians who were impacted by last week's storms should try recovering emotionally while dealing with damaged property and the storms' other tangible impacts.

Leslie Phillips from Mental Health of North Central Alabama tells the Decatur Daily (http://bit.ly/1iYqo80 ) common reactions to storm damage may include feelings of insecurity, anxiety, fear and anger.

Phillips says people who were impacted by the storm should give themselves time to mourn what they've lost. She says failing to address emotional issues could lead to trouble sleeping or focusing, and aggression.

Phillips and director of the Mental Health Center of Madison County Brian Davis say people who suffer traumatic events face the possibility of mental fatigue if they don't address the psychological impact of the trauma.

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Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml

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