INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - It was an alarming sight for anyone near the Boston Marathon's finish line. Mental Health professionals say even second hand the images can leave a lasting impression.
24-Hour News 8 Anchor Daniel Miller talked to Mental Health counselor about what that can do to our health.
Kimble Richardson is a licensed mental health councilor with St. Vincent Stress Center. He said tragic events can effect people differently; But too much of it may cause traumatic stress in some people's lives.
Some of the pictures are hard to watch, images of the two explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon. In all the video footage people are emotionally and physically injured.
"People want to help in general; people want to try and do something," Richardson said.
But the tragic events in Boston can also have a lasting effect for people not close to the scene.
Richardson said Monday's deadly bombings can leave people feeling a range of emotions after seeing what happened.
"People usually get really mad or really scared," he said.
Richardson said in wake of the bombings, it's understandable that emotions are raw and intense. But we can help ourselves with how much we take in.
"We need to limit the information that we take in so that we don't constantly traumatize ourselves," Kimble said, "Initially, people feel shocked you can't believe its happening, you don't want to think someone would be so cruel to do this to other human beings."
Richardson said one person might be deeply affected by the bombings.
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"That sometimes can fuel people either to seek revenge in some way or want to protect themselves," he said.
While another person shows little or no emotion.
"If it has absolutely zero, no effect, I'd want to know a little more about what's going on with that person because sometimes what that means is that person also had trauma in their background and they are shutting down," Richardson said.
Richardson said if the signs and symptoms of stress after seeing the images of the bombings don't subside between two and four weeks, then it may be time to consider seeking professional help.
Richardson said children under the age of 8 should not be shown the images and hear about the details. But if they are asking questions, answer the questions appropriately.
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