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There are no words to express the sadness felt for innocent lives lost and everyone affected by a school shooting or any such tragedy. These tragedies hurt us as we cope and try to understand the actions and how to handle the vicarious trauma we may experience. The anxiety and sadness you may feel is normal in addition to developing strong emotions if you have recently suffered a loss or experienced past losses and traumas. The attached articles provide information about how to manage distress and one of the articles provides tips about how to respond to children after a tragedy.
By Diana Neuner, LMFT
Diana Neuner, LMFT is a San Diego clinical psychotherapist and Certified EMDR Therapist. Diana specializes in healing and recovery after trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, abuse, domestic violence and PTSD.