Those who witnessed the Boston marathon bombing or even watched it on TV, may be having a hard time dealing with what they saw. They may even be showing signs of PTSD.
Post-traumatic stress is often associated with veterans of war... But they're not the only ones who can experience it.
It’s possible for anyone who has been through or seen a traumatic situation to suffer from post-traumatic stress.
Mental health therapists say it’s a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.
“The bombings at the marathon for instance, that can affect the people who we're watching, it affects people who were there it can also affect people who are viewing it on television,” says Lindsey Swan, mental health therapist at Unity Point Health.
Those commonly affected by the disorder are veterans of war.
The Veterans National Recovery Center met at the state capitol Thursday.
They raised a new flag in honor of those suffering from the disorder. They also discussed a plan to better help those struggling.
“It’s always on my mind because it was a pretty big event that just changed my life completely around ya know. When I woke up that next morning, I quickly realized how happy I was to be alive,” says Andrew O’Brien. O’Brien is a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress.
Research shows that every day 22 veterans and one active duty solider commits suicide because of post-traumatic stress.
The Veterans National Recovery Center helps veterans find the resources they need to cope with the disorder.