I highly recommend the following 5-minute video. It was created in response to the
Aurora shooting but is equally relevant to the current situation.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
My Body Responds to Tragedy
For three days I read emotional reactions to the recent horrific events in
while I myself felt … numb. Meanwhile, physical symptoms crept into my body:
neck, shoulder, and head pain that did not respond to over-over-the-counter
analgesics. At 3 a.m. on Tuesday, I awoke with a start from a dream involving
gunshots. My pain level was at an almost unbearably intense level. Only then did I
consciously connect my physical pain with the events. I spent the rest of the night sitting in a
chair with my eyes closed. At some point near sunrise I felt my body shudder
and understood that in doing so it was releasing some of the traumatic energy
it had been holding onto since Friday.