Traumatic Stress, Psychological Strain after a Tragedy

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Las Vegas Shooting: Dealing with the Worst Mass Tragedy of Our Time

The enormity of the Las Vegas shooting has left many people traumatized. Join our Facebook Live at 7p CT/ 8 ET tonight to share your feelings and experiences. Therapist, Emily Roberts, will be answering your questions and providing ideas on how to cope with the trauma related to this national tragedy. I hope to see you there and please feel free to invite others or share this on your social media. Our Facebook page is:


Experiencing traumatic stress is natural after a traumatic event like the Las Vegas shooting. Learn more about traumatic stress and its impact at HealthyPlace

Traumatic Stress, Psychological Strain after a Tragedy

Is the Las Vegas Shooting Too Much to Deal With?

Traumatic stress, also known as psychological strain or emotional shock, is a normal human response to a traumatic event. Are you feeling upset in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas? If so, you’re not alone. Understanding what you’re experiencing can help you deal with traumatic events and your own feelings.

It can be helpful to know what you’re experiencing so you can learn about it and face it. Possible mental health difficulties following a trauma include:

These conditions share much in common, but they aren’t identical. Only PTSD and ASD are diagnosable disorders found in the DSM-5. ASD lasts up to one month; PTSD lasts beyond one month. With these, someone must have been directly exposed to the trauma or have heard about it happening to a loved one.

Acute stress reaction is similar to ASD, but the reaction lasts only a few days.

Las Vegas Shooting and Traumatic Stress

If you weren’t near the scene of the Las Vegas tragedy but still feel affected, know that it’s okay and normal. Traumatic events can shake us to our core and disrupt our sense of safety and security. Among symptoms of traumatic stress are

  • Fear
  • Guilt (because you’re safe and others aren’t)
  • Anger
  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Numbness

Traumatic stress is often exacerbated by constant exposure to news and social media. Stay away from these as much as possible. Seeking mental health help and support from a therapist or mental health support group can be helpful, too. You can recover.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: How has the Las Vegas shooting tragedy affected you and what’s helping you cope with it? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, knowledge, and experiences on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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"Survivors of any and all abuse become very good at anticipating moods of others, looks, actions, all of it in an effort to survive. Believing that if we can be agreeable, be compliant and loving, do things how they want, that we will be safe. This becomes our way of live."

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2017, October 3). Traumatic Stress, Psychological Strain after a Tragedy, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 24 from

Last Updated: October 18, 2017

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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