Repeated Storms Buffet the Psyche
A little anxiety about Hurricane Frances is a good thing. However, too much will only make you obsess.
“We’re not as secure because our boat has gotten rocked so many times, with the weather and terrorists,” said Dr. Vicki Panaccione, a Melbourne licensed psychologist. “So, I think that when a hurricane is reported, you have that sense of anxiety, but it’s heightened because there’s already a sense of alert.”
Shortages of plywood, gasoline and water add to the anxiety.
“Just like when (Hurricane) Charley was coming, and the day before you try to get water, and it’s all sold out,” she said. “The next time (there’s a warning), you go three days before. Then your neighbor goes (even earlier), so you go. It (anxiety) just perpetuates itself.”
As published in Florida Today, Sept. 1, 2004.
© MMVI Vicki Panaccione, Ph.D.