Traumatic events like last week's shootings in Conn. and at the Clackamas Town Center can have a lasting effect on the survivors and the community, and trauma specialists want people to know there are resources available to help them cope.
"Likely they'll be experiencing a wide variety of emotions," said trauma therapist Karen Mindt-Howell. "They should be prepared for ups and downs from hour to hour and day to day. We often see mental, cognitive and physical reactions to this kind of trauma."
People could see symptoms including trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, fear of public places, depression and anxiety. Mindt-Howell said even for people who weren't there, such symptoms are possible, and even more likely among people who have experienced past trauma.
Adults often find it difficult to talk with children about events like these, and Mindt-Howell said parents should start the conversation.
Crisis help is available through Clackamas County, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Callers can speak with crisis counselors by calling (503) 655-8585.
A Facebook page was also set up to help support the victims and their families
Mindt-Howell is involved with a group called the EMDR therapist network, and she said the group was bringing together volunteers and therapists to help survivors of the Clackamas shooting.
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