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Toll From Hurricane Harvey Includes Ongoing Trauma Felt by Survivors

There may be few physical scars in such a catastrophe, but emotional wounds can run deep and create a toll on victims

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    President Donald Trump cupped a boy's face in his hands and gave him a high-five before snapping on latex gloves to hand out boxed lunches of hot dogs and potato chips to victims of Harvey in Houston on Saturday. He also loaded relief supplies into vehicles, patted storm victims on the shoulder and declared the work "good exercise." (Published Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017)

    Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center, where people are seeking shelter from the damages wrought by Hurrican Harvey, shows signs that the aftermath goes beyond what can be listed on insurance forms, NBC News reported.

    "Need to talk?" ask signs posted along walls in the airy center that is currently home to hordes of survivors. Volunteers also walk around holding the signs, stopping to speak with people when hailed.

    Those three words are a cue to the survivors, many of whom have lost all their worldly goods, that there’s trauma to unpack after a natural disaster like Harvey. It's also a signal that there are services nearby for them.

    There may be few physical scars in such a catastrophe, but emotional wounds can run deep and create a toll on victims, according to the American Psychological Association.