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Mass Killings Have Wide Reach, Even For Those Who Weren’t There

Scott Poland, Ed.D.

Scott Poland, Ed.D.

After a traumatic event like the Las Vegas mass shooting, it is very common that the world around the individuals that were present will fall short. In a recent interview with the Las Vegas Sun, NSU’s College of Psychology Professor Scott Poland, Ed.D., discussed the acute effects on survivors of mass shooting.

“The PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is really based on the fear and anxiety from, ‘I could have been killed,’ which I guess would be the reality for everybody who was at that concert. The challenge of this is not only the mass casualties, but the large numbers of people exposed to this kind of traumatic event,” said Dr. Poland.

 

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