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Psychiatrist Talks About Coping With Boston Attack

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Most of us have been glued to the TV ever since news first broke of the Boston Marathon attack. It's hard not to watch the replays of the first bomb exploding and pictures of the aftermath are going viral all over the Internet.

But too much of it can leave a mark on the minds of kids and adults.

"The more they get exposed to it, the more it gets reinforced into their memory," Dr. Bobby Jain, a psychiatrist with the Texas Tech Physicians of the Permian Basin, said.

Jain says talking with kids about what happened is better than ignoring it.

"The bottom line is reassurance to the kid that this was a random event and the fact that they are safe here," he said.

Jain suggests watching the news when kids aren't around.

Parents can also monitor their teen's activity on social media websites to make sure they're not overexposing themselves to graphic images.

But kids and teens aren't the only ones affected.

"It made me sick to my stomach really," Cortnee Parker, said.

Jain says too much exposure isn't good for adults either, especially those with anxiety.

"Obviously this incident has been created by people who want to create chaos, confusion, a sense of distress in our society," Jain said. "That's exactly the purpose of terrorists."

He said it's important for kids and adults to keep your usual routine in the midst of tragedy.

"The more regularly you maintain the routine, the better they will bounce back to their normal self," Jain said.

People NewsWest 9 spoke with agreed.

"What can you do about it?" Timber Floyd, said.

"It's not gonna stop me from doing things," Greg Swenton, said. "Yeah, it puts a concern in the back of your head but we have a very strong commitment to security in this country."

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