St. Vincent's Medical Center doctors: Recent string of severe weather can cause intense anxiety

The recent severe storms in Connecticut could cause people to feel intense anxiety, doctors at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport say.
Recent storms that battered our coastline led to flooding and serious financial damage that took a toll on people's mental health.
"When we're hearing warnings all around us repeatedly about storms coming, that can cause anxiety," says Dr. Andre Newfield, the chair of psychiatry.
He says when we get damage from weather-related events like heavy rain or snow, it increases our stress and anxiety - as can climate change and extreme heat.
Doctors say people with housing or food insecurity are also especially susceptible to natural disasters, often losing their homes and their stability.
They encourage residents to secure as much as you can at your home, and if you feel anxious or suffer from mental illness to go to a doctor for treatment.
The American Psychiatric Association says it's also a good idea to have a family emergency plan in case of a disaster.