“Our mind would not distinguish between an precise menace and a perceived menace,” a psychological well being counselor says.
SPOKANE, Wash. — Lewis and Clark Excessive Faculty is quiet on a Jan. Tuesday. That is vastly completely different from the confusion and worry of Dec. 9, when police responded to a faculty shooter hoax.
“Despite the fact that it wasn’t the actual factor it was nonetheless, I am positive it was traumatizing to different individuals,” says freshman Pantera. “For me personally, I used to be scared for my life.”
Some college students are nonetheless feeling the lingering impacts.
“I’ve by no means handled a state of affairs like this,” Pantera stated.
Despite the fact that a menace could also be pretend, the worry and uncertainty we really feel on the time should not, says licensed psychological well being counselor Sonia Combs.
“Yeah our mind would not distinguish between an precise menace and a perceived menace,” Combs stated. “It simply goes into menace mode.”
She encourages guardians to speak to their children after a traumatic occasion like what occurred at LCHS. It helps them course of the state of affairs even after it is over, she explains.
“Allow them to let you know the story of what they skilled and in addition what they could be pondering,” she stated.
She provides among the particulars of what your youngster believes might not be truth, so you may assist them type out what’s true and what’s not.
Speaking is one step, however Combs says guardians ought to look out for modifications in habits.
“Everyone’s going to reply completely different,” she defined.
That is as a result of we convey our personal experiences and mindset into reacting to trauma. Adjustments might be reacting explosively or modifications in sleep habits.
For Pantera, issues really feel safer now than they did instantly after the hoax.
Although there’s at all times the reminiscence and the lasting uncertainty.
“I did not need to come to high school,” Pantera says of the times after the menace. “Now that it is like a couple of month in the past I am not too frightened about it nevertheless it’s nonetheless scary to consider like if the actual factor is ever going to occur.”
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