Orlando is Suffering From Secondary Traumatic Stress | The Exhausted Woman

Orlando is suffering from Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) with all of the continuous news reports, life stories of the victims, personal experiences of the first responders, FB posts from family and friends, and changes in everyday life. For those living in the area, simple things like going to the grocery store (normally a ten minute drive) can take as long as an hour. The reminder that the community has forever changed is evident by the new billboard postings of “Orlando Strong”, “Love is love”, and “Pray for Orlando”. The rainbow lights of the skyscrapers at night and Lake Eola (a park at the heart of downtown) are colorful reminders of the unity in the community.  The memorials and vigils all over the downtown are evidence of the impact this massacre has had on everyone. As a community, there is an undercurrent of stress, anxiety, frustration, shock, horror, helplessness, and disbelief of what has occurred. STS is the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about

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