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Mental health experts advise modeling coping behaviors for children

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Traumatic events can be understandably stressful, but it's important to teach children how to cope. Traumatic events can be understandably stressful, but it's important to teach children how to cope.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Tornado victims are also recovering mentally from last week's storms.

Mental health professions said some common reactions may include feelings of insecurity, anxiety, fear and anger.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Roger Rinn said that after an event as tense and traumatic as a severe storm, try to remain calm – especially if you're responsible for trying to calm the fears of children.

"You try to model coping behavior," Dr. Rinn said. "It's okay to be uncomfortable, but not to panic."

Dr. Rinn also said it is important to be careful and not to lose control. When dealing with children, he advises you to not force them to talk; let them talk when they are ready to.

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