Now that the bombings, manhunt, and arrest have passed, we need to recognize that this unprecedented experience is going to affect different folks differently. Some are more sensitive, and are at greater risk from the impact of psychological stress. If Boston Strong means anything, it does not mean the emotional brittleness which our good friends in, say,Texas might describe as “toughness.” It’s OK to feel some anxiety or even depression in response to a mass trauma; lots of Americans did after 9/11. As we struggle to put on a brave face after the refrains of Sweet Caroline die down, let’s be mindful of the hurt so many of our fellows in Eastern Massachusetts are going through and give each other help in healing. Boston is strong because of its suave acceptance of diversity; caring for those whose mental health has been affected, however and for whatever reason, is a key factor in nurturing collective resilience.
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