For example, Amina, a mother of two young women, felt only some vibrations during the earthquake that slightly affected the city of Casablanca, where she lives.
But Amina still feels dizzy and vomiting, and panickes as soon as something from her hand falls to the ground.
Unfortunately, her condition is not the only one, she tells Sky News Arabia, but many family members and close relatives who did not bear the pain of the residents of the most affected region in Morocco and the loss of their relatives, children and belongings in the blink of an eye on the night of Friday (September 9th).
This is "physical symptoms associated with anxiety and stress," as pointed out by the psychiatrist at the University of Hamburg in Germany and director of medical strategies at the platform "Arab Therapy", Adham Al-Maghrabi, in a statement to the site "Sky News Arabia".
For him, "it is an involuntary expression of the body through which it expresses frustration at not being able to deliver something during a major event that has already happened. The body empathizes with victims by expressing this frustration in the form of physical symptoms that may include dizziness, vomiting, tremors, numbness and difficulty breathing. This is called physical interaction with psychological stress. Symptoms usually last for a short time and then gradually disappear."
"I have scary nightmares"
Ibrahim, a young man in his twenties, works in the field of teaching, says in a sad voice to the site "Sky News Arabia": "I fall asleep with difficulty, I see scary nightmares. I suffer from muscle spasms every day, and I don't stop following the news and watching videos coming from Morocco or Libya. I can't believe we are living through these successive tragedies and natural disasters in the region. They have completely disappeared alive from the maps."
Psychiatrist Adham al-Maghrabi considers that "insomnia is a natural reaction that can occur in many people of different ages. It can also be a cause or symptom of a depression wave for people who are primarily suffering from some type of depressive disorder."
How to get rid of earthquake shock symptoms?
To get rid of these symptoms, Dr. at the University of Hamburg Adham Al-Maghraby advises:
- Practice mindfulness exercises.
- Use breathing and relaxation techniques.
- Talk to a friend or loved one about the event to unload emotions or do a notation of feelings on a piece of paper.
- Practicing sports activities.
- Accept feelings and not hide them.
- Focus on following a regular daily routine.
In the case of insomnia, the Moroccan doctor says: "You should follow a sleep regimen and never rush to seek medication help because it is often controlled by following previous techniques."
In contrast, he stresses that other symptoms you should watch out for are "stupor, not responding at all or very irritable, denying or even not acting in sync with what is happening in reality. If it lasts for a long time, you should see a psychologist."
Al-Maghrabi warns that natural disasters can have long-term psychological effects and that symptoms develop into so-called "post-traumatic stress disorder, but not everyone who experiences psychological trauma such as earthquakes should develop this disorder."