Of course, we all know what happened at the Boston Marathon.
As a forensic psychiatrist, I’ve evaluated and worked with more than 300 survivors of the World Trade Center terrorist attack, and many others who lived through catastrophic incidents including explosions, fires, mass shootings, and other disasters. When an event occurs as a result of human design, it can make us lose faith in humanity and the reasonable predictability of daily life.
I’m quite familiar with the psychic toll these horrific assaults take on people. In Boston, some who were injured, or witnessed the deaths and injuries suffered by others, will develop the well-known signs and symptom of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Hopefully, with appropriate psychological help, they will negotiate the trauma, and in time, will go on with their lives.