PTSD and the aftermath of the Boston Marathon

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April 17, 2013, 8:33 am
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(NECN) - As the wave of reaction to the marathon bombings continues to penetrate the people of Boston, what role might post-traumatic stress play for those who witnessed the tragedy?
Dr. Joseph Shrand from Harvard Medical School joins NECN to talk about the effect of PTD.

“We have a lot of people who have witness, been there, heard, smelled, seen the scene, and what’s happening in their brain is important to know because it’s a normal reaction at this point. They’ve been confronted with something that nobody should ever see,” said Shrand.

He explains that the brain can make a person’s instinct uncontrollable, and it’s something that builds under acute stress, but it is something that can be helped.

For the full interview, watch the attached video.

Tags: Boston Marathon, PTSD, Bombings, Joseph Shrand
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