The recent explosions at the Boston marathon may cause a ripple of trauma through our nation. For those people that were physically present during the explosions, we expect that they may experience trauma symptoms. What we can’t predict, is how it will impact the people who were not physically present, but watched as the news unfolded on their local TV stations or CNN.
Traumatizing events, like the Boston Marathon, are events that disrupt the normal regulation of the nervous system. Essentially, they can be thought of as events that catch us off guard, that happen unexpectedly, that make us feel in fear of our safety and sometimes our life and in that moment, we feel powerless to prevent. It’s been reported that over 1500 changes occur in the body when we shift from feeling safety to feeling a life threat.