PTSD and the Effect of Traumatic News Events

April 26, 2013 Michele Rosenthal

If you already have PTSD, you should be wary of being exposed to media coverage of traumatic news events.

With the way our society is plugged into around-the-clock news, it would have been impossible for you to avoid some kind of coverage about the Boston Marathon bombing. Whether through radio, tv or the internet, the topic, images and details have played out relentlessly over the past ten days.

How has that made you feel? If you're experiencing amplified or renewed PTSD symptoms, there's a reason for that...

PTSD and How To Protect Yourself From Re-Exposure

It's normal to have a reaction to traumatic news. The details and images can trigger your own memories or feelings of vulnerability, powerlessness and fear. In addition to taking a break from the coverage, there are some other things you can do to temper your trauma response.

Listen to the audio below and then customize the ideas to your life....

Michele is the author of Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity. Connect with her on Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and her website,


APA Reference
Rosenthal, M. (2013, April 26). PTSD and the Effect of Traumatic News Events, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 18 from

Author: Michele Rosenthal

May, 2 2013 at 7:51 am

Here my ptsd is my friend as my brain is much more equiped to handle these kind events and still look for alternative media to form my own opinion of truth. Also the goal is to become responsible adults and not cushion ourselves in cotton wool, as to prevent trauma being dealt to our future generations. As no other are we aware of the longlasting effects of being traumatized and wish that on no young soul. Because of ptsd we have weak points in our braindevelopment, but we also have strong points in surviving and in knowing truth as truth, lies and control as lies and control.

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Michele Rosenthal
May, 8 2013 at 12:00 pm

@Gertrude - Love that idea, "we also have strong points", so true! And they can bring such gifts into our lives when we acknowledge them.

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