Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop in some people who have seen or lived through a shocking, scary, or dangerous event.
Those who have experienced or witnessed a terrorist attack may feel one or all of these symptoms:
- Recurring thoughts of the incident.
- Becoming afraid of everything, not leaving the house or isolating yourself.
- Stopping usual functioning, no longer maintaining daily routines.
- Survivor guilt — “Why did I survive? I should have done something more.”
- Tremendous sense of loss.
- Reluctance to express your feelings, losing a sense of control over your life.
(From Managing Traumatic Stress: Coping with Terrorism-American Psychological Association)
Those who have not been affected directly by a terrorist attack could have some similar symptoms, if they too have experienced significant trauma in their life. Practice self-care. Are you viewing an excessive amount of media coverage regarding the Orlando terrorist attack?