Approximately 20 percent of students and 35 percent of parents are afraid to go or to send their child to school after a school shooting.
David J. Austern, PsyD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Langone, spoke with Bloomberg about what happens to the brain and the person after experiencing a traumatic event such as a school shooting. Dr. Austern explains that traumatic events, which are unexpected by nature, surprise the brain, and the brain is not prepared to respond to them. Because of this, people can develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression.
“A trauma memory is stored very differently than most memories.… In a lot of ways, PTSD is a disorder of memory and of time and awareness,” Dr. Austern says.
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