Terror Fears Shape "New Normal" For Americans

9:28 PM, Apr 16, 2013   |    comments
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National Guard soldiers guard a roadblock near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9)--- Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon is just another horrible event on the recent list of similar type carnage post 9/11.

The Tucson shootings, the Aurora Theatre Massacres, and Sandy Hook are just some of the recent terror attacks that are still fresh on the minds of Americans. Add to that Monday's attack in Boston, and psychologists say don't be surprised to see a spike in anxiety with Americans.

Dupont Therapy psychologist Dr. Tyger Latham said, "People react very differently to traumatic events, and it's quite common to have a range of different reactions." He described those reactions as "difficulty concentrating, difficulty with sleep. They may find it harder to focus on things at work."

Dr. Latham went on to say it is too soon to tell if the minds of Americans have been re-conditioned to deal with these attacks and threats, and accept them as part of normal life. However, he did say what we've seen following these deadly events is that the spirit of Americans is a lot stronger than what we might think.

He said, "I think the reality is that people are very resilient, and I think the vast majority of people will get back."


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