Prof. Dr. Levent Ozturk: “Earthquake More serious disaster and trauma await those who are sleep deprived with the fear that there will be
Do not underestimate the sleep disturbance after the earthquake.
EDİRNE Emphasizing that more serious disasters and traumas are waiting for those who are sleepless due to the fear of an earthquake, Trakya University Faculty of Medicine Head of Physiology Department Prof. Dr. Levent Öztürk stated that sleep disorder should not be taken lightly and said that the fear of earthquakes triggers some diseases.
epicenter Kahramanmaras The earthquakes caused great sadness and fear throughout the country. Stating that sleep problems may occur for various reasons in individuals who experienced a great disaster such as an earthquake and survived, Prof. Dr. Levent Öztürk underlined that if this situation lasts for a long time, it is absolutely necessary to get support from an expert. Various diseases such as trauma and stress disorder can occur after earthquakes that cause deep sadness. Natural disasters such as earthquakes can cause a common fear in the society, and different traces and anxiety in people. Stating that if I get caught in an earthquake if I go to bed and sleep again, I may have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep because of fear. Dr. Öztürk emphasized that one should be careful and that this situation should not be taken lightly.
Stating that insomnia can be observed as a symptom of depressive mood or with post-traumatic stress disorder, Prof. Dr. Öztürk stated that people who experienced earthquakes and those who lost their lives in the earthquake should feel lonely, question their own worth, and may have depression or suicidal thoughts, so they should take their sleep problems seriously and be careful. Stating that individuals suffering from sleep problems should consult an expert and understand the reason, Prof. Dr. Öztürk mentioned that the problem of insomnia will also affect the individual’s health in the next life.
“Post-traumatic stress disorder develops in one out of every 5 earthquake victims”
Stating that sleep problem may be the cause of an underlying depression or post-stress disorder, Prof. Dr. Öztürk said, “When we look at the studies in the literature, there are interesting numbers. In the study conducted in the 2000s, in the 8-magnitude earthquake that took place in the Schun province of China, the earthquake victims were followed up for 10 years, and 10 years later (insomnia) or insomnia was reported to be around 20 percent. . Again JapanAfter the Kumamoto earthquake, 5 years after the earthquake, insomnia complaints are around 35 percent. It’s so high number. In other words, post-traumatic stress disorder occurs in almost one out of every 5 earthquake victims.
“This problem could last for years if not addressed”
Underlining that sleep complaints can become a chronic disorder not only in the early period after the earthquake, but also in months, if not addressed, it can last for years. Dr. For this reason, Öztürk pointed out that the underlying cause should be revealed by meeting with a psychiatrist or a sleep specialist and the intervention should be done accordingly.
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