As chairman of the Disaster Response Team for the Los Angeles County Psychological Assn., I can speak for my fellow colleagues in the Southern California area who have been overwhelmed with individuals seeking help to deal with the psychic repercussions of the earthquake. For some, the quakes and media blitz were just triggers that brought out prior serious and disturbing psychic material--but for others this phenomenon has been quite traumatic, especially for those closest to the epicenter. For the larger majority of individuals seeking relief from the anxiety and constant threat of the big one, there is a clear need for decisive and specific psychological strategies of coping.
The office of the Los Angeles County Psychological Assn. has a handout on strategies for coping with the anxiety of earthquakes. It includes a list of referral sources for preparedness materials. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to 15840 Ventura Blvd., Suite 825, Encino 91436.
ROBERT T. SCOTT