HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The devastation that hit Houston is continuing to do damage, but in a way that may not be so obvious. Harvey is now making life difficult for survivors in a different way. "It's so stressful," says MayRose Marquez.
Just how much damage will the destruction do to Houstonians mentally after so many lost everything? "I try not to talk about it. I get really emotional," Marquez adds.
She and her 2-year-old son were in their Richmond home when water came bursting through the door, rescuers soon followed.
At Harris County's mobile mental and physical health clinic Marquez's blood pressure was through the roof.
"I'm not surprised at all," she says.
Harris County Public Health Executive Director Dr. Umair Shah says bottling up the burden on your shoulders can take a toll on your whole body. Dr. Shah also reminds us this is a traumatic time for kids who have lost their home, their toys but also for kids inundated with destructive images.
"Talk to your children. You don't want them to be isolated. You want to really talk to them, really be a part of the real conversation. Let your children really vent out." Dr. Shah has the same advice for adults, talk about what you're feeling and don't dismiss what kids are experiencing.
"Sometimes you'll have even small children have separation anxiety, they may be more clingy and this is a time to not get angry with them," says Dr. Shah.
Guilt is another emotion hitting Houstonians hard. "I feel bad for my cousin because we're staying at her house," says Marquez.
Dr. Shah suggests seeking professional mental health help if talking with friends and family isn't enough.
"This is really that time where we want you to continue to reach out, talk to one another, connect with each other and to really make sure the message is you are not alone in this," explains Dr. Shah.
Shah says giving support with words and actions go a long way right now.