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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Our Thoughts And Prayers Are With The Sandy Hook Victims

By December 14, 2012

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I am stunned and saddened by the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Coming on the heels of the deadly shooting in Oregon earlier this week, this horrific event has a toll that has exceeded that of the Columbine shootings, and utterly heartbreaking details are continuing to emerge. (If you haven't read about the this event yet, ABC has a thorough account, though details are still coming in.)

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragic situation--the children, the parents, those were wounded, those who suffered a terrible loss. Those who knew victims will also be heavily affected, of course, and lives will be changed forever. The effects of this heartbreaking crime will be felt deeply and widely, particularly as we struggle to make sense of something so senseless.

As the rest of the world helplessly watches the tragic details emerge, many of us will find ourselves struggling with strong emotions of our own. Parents and children across the country may feel a sense of shock and sadness that is particularly strong and deeply felt. It is difficult not to identify with the victims--all of them so innocent--and feel our own sense of safety shaken, even if we were not directly involved.

Why do people across the country so strongly feel the effects of these random acts of violence? I discussed this just yesterday on The Wall Street Journal's The Daily Wrap (you can listen here). Here are some of the deeper reasons why we are all affected by these tragedies, with some suggestions on what you can do to cope with strong feelings that may result.

Again, my sympathy and prayers lie with the families of each of the victims. As a nation, we will all be mourning for quite some time.

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December 17, 2012 at 11:54 am
(1) James Hedman says:

I can only speak for myself as a total outsider from Sandy Hook. I had never heard of the town before. I shed many tears this weekend over this tragedy thinking of my own chidlren (now grown) and my two little grandchildren. Also anger welled up in me over why politics take priority over action to help prevent these tragedies.

Lack of any form of effective gun control, less and less counselors to help the mentally ill, macho attitude re: guns in this country- these all anger me and run through my head, moreso today.

I find myself depressed and drained over thia Sandy Hook incident. If it impacts me, I feel it is impacting our whole country and even the world outside our country. Many of us need help to get through this, especially of course the victims’ families and the residents of Newtown and Sandy Hook.

Your advice regarding stress, anxiety and depression is always appreciated, especially today.

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