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In the Aftermath of a Shooting
Sorrow, Anger, Fear, Depression? All are perfectly appropriate feelings after a massacre as awful as this one.
In the aftermath of tragedy, any of those feelings is likely to emerge, singly, together, in succession. Appropriate? Of course.
In some cases, you may be initially numb, basically shutting down, at least for now. Later, some of those emotions may creep in…. or they may just barge in.
We have some information that helps to explain how these emotions work and how you can cope. For most of us, time will allow us to go back to the world that existed before that shooting; for some, especially those with emotional ties to victims and survivors or those who can see themselves in similar, awful situations, professional help might be necessary. Therapists trained in Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies have tools to help you deal with those emotions.
For information, we have an extensive exploration of gun violence at https://www.abct.org/featured-articles/gun-violence-briefing-book/. It approaches the topic from many different angles. We also have a number of fact sheets that explore related topics, like depression https://www.abct.org/fact-sheets/depression/; several on PTSD https://www.abct.org/fact-sheets/military-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/ and https://www.abct.org/fact-sheets/post-traumatic-stress-disorder/; and grief https://www.abct.org/fact-sheets/complicated-grief/.
For a therapist trained in CBT, visit https://services.abct.org/i4a/memberDirectory/index.cfm?directory_id=3&pageID=3282