Category: mental health

When a loved one goes missing

There are times when people just go missing, whether it happens during a disaster or just happens. This is the hardest to deal with because there can be no closure of what has happened to the missing person, such as in the case of Zachary Pittman.

Zachary Pittman just disappeared out of the blue from Pearl River, Louisiana and has been missing for over a year now. Zachary was a family man with a 3-year-old daughter and family man, who just disappeared how of the blue. His family and friends have no closure, so this is the hardest type of loss to deal with.

There is no closure, no good-bye when somebody is missing. The best way for a family to deal with a missing loved one is to emotionally support each other and to keep the search active. However, the parents and loved ones will always miss their loved one. There is the emotional pain of the absence of the person or child, fear of what fate the person has met, and guilt.

A person has to adapt to events where the person would have been there, such as holidays and birthdays that pass by without this person. However, every day the loved ones of the missing person or child cannot help but wonder the fate of this person or child. However, support is the best answer.

For those who know a person that has a missing loved one, give them all the support you can, whether it is just by listening to them talk or helping hand out flyers. Additionally, keep an eye on such websites as National Center for Missing Adults and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to see if there is any missing in your area.

However, if anybody has seen or knows anything about Zachary Pittman, please call the St. Tammany Sheriff’s Department at 985-726-7836 so that his family can have closure. However, if a person sees anybody that is missing, please call your local Sheriff’s Department to report that the person has been seen.

Anxiety is something that many people struggle with, especially around hurricane season in New Orleans. However, there are ways for a person to help manage his or her anxiety. However, the first thing a person needs to do to manage his or her anxiety is to know exactly what the source of the anxiety is.
A person needs to know what is causing his or her anxiety, whether it is financial, impending natural disaster, or an overload of responsibilities. Once a person knows what the source of his or her anxiety is, he or she can do decide if a situation that he or she can take control of or if it is out of his or her hands, such as weather. If it is a situation that is under a person’s control, he or she can make a list and write down things he or she can do to resolve the situation; however, if it is something out of a person’s control there are things that still can be done to get the anxiety under control.
First thing to do is to just focus what is going on today and not tomorrow because tomorrow will get here soon enough. Many support groups tell people to take one day at a time, so just focus on today and each day learn a new way to deal with anxiety. Additionally, stay active when experiencing anxiety.
If a person is experiencing anxiety, keep active. Take a walk with a friend, go shopping with a friend, or anything to keep active because when a person is experiencing anxiety, if he or she is active that will help release built-up tension and help regulate the neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, in the brain. However if a person’s anxiety gets out of control where it is affecting his or her daily functions, please seek medical treatment.
If a person lives in New Orleans and he or she needs help for anxiety, there is the St. Thomas Community Health Center. The address for St. Thomas is 1020 St. Andrew St. and the phone number is 504-529-5558. There are also additional resources for people with anxiety that live in the New Orleans area.