From the Boston bombing back to Virginia Tech, and from Tucson's mass shooting back to Newtown, Conn., and 9/11, scenes of great human tragedy unfolding can have a silent but significant impact on mental health .
The experts says some fear and anxiety is a normal responses to a terrible event like what happened in Boston.
The Crisis Response Center in Tucson houses telephone hotlines for people who need help dealing with those issues.
After Boston some people may worry about being in crowds, worry about an attack happening to them.
As in many cities, here in Tucson we have many events that draw a lot of people.
We want to enjoy those events, but anxiety can stop us.
Psychiatrist Dr. Richard Rhoads is the Crisis Response Center Medical Director.
He says people might become hyper-vigilant, always wondering if they're in danger.
He says some fear is reasonable, but when it becomes exaggerated, it can become a problem.
Dr. Rhoads says our feelings can be out of proportion to the true danger.
He says we should step back and think about how likely it really is that something like Boston could happen to us.
"Fortunately, these types of attacks and explosions or terrorism is still very rare. Even though we hear about it on the news, in every community it's not happening. So remembering that can go along way toward putting a little bit of a limit on how afraid we should be," says Dr. Rhoads.
He advises reaching out to family and friends.
He says talking about what we're thinking helps put it in perspective.
However, if that's not enough, Dr. Rhoads says a place like the Crisis Responses Center can help.
The hotline number in Tucson is 520-622-6000 or 1-800-796-6762.
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