WARNING! New Chaser Disease PTSD is Spreading!


A new storm chaser disease has recently been discovered and is spreading through the chaser community. It is called PTSD which stands for Post Tornadic Stress Disorder. A whole lot isn't known about this disease yet, but primarily the symptoms for chasers are moodiness, depression, sadness, tiredness. It seems to be caused from let down after chasing and catching tornadic storms and / or tornadoes and then suddenly being taken out of the environment. Apparently chasers have a hard time adapting back to real life and the lack of adrenaline rush just causes havoc with their systems. Researchers have no idea how long these effects last, but it seems to be as varied as the individual. Also, unlike SDS which can often be alleviated by watching tornado videos PTSD can be made worse by watching videos because the chaser realizes that they really aren't in the field or in peril, but it reminds them that they aren't. This makes the symptoms much worse.

If you think you have PTSD either get back on the plains any way you can, find a chaser doctor, or find some other way to forget and get your mind off the subject. Do not eat chicken fried steak, or go near an Alsups, and especially DO NOT eat their burritos!

Alarmingly it seems in rare cases some chasers seem to lose their identity and have been known to steal photos from other chasers and place them on their own websites. Other chasers find ways to lash out at these diseased individuals and in turn find that they are potentially sick with the disease themselves.

No one knows if there is a cure for this disease, the long term prognosis, or eventual outcome.

More information will be released later as it becomes available.

Bill Tabor
(Chase Disease Research Group)
Well, there is hope. Schering is running trials of 100 mg Pampamax (9-methylguymon-1,4-sitka sulphate-3,20-quitaque). The drug is thought to reduce the perception of humidity by increasing sodium uptake, boosting the efficiency of sweat glands. As a result the air is perceived to be cooler and drier, dampening the symptoms into a more benign form of wintertime SDS.