Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Boston bombing event holds lessons for all

There is the fact that survivors saw what harm was caused by two people but they also saw what goodness is within more people. Total strangers rushed to help risking their own lives. One bomb blew up and they must have been aware another one could blow up too but they didn't think about themselves. Even when the second bomb blew up, more rushed to help the wounded. That goes a long way toward healing but so does the fact so many veterans have shown up at the hospitals to encourage the patients trying to recover from missing limbs and wounds that will leave scars for the rest of their lives.

The thing people always tend to overlook is how important it is to know someone gives a damn about you. The attack sites have been paved over now and the earth has been healed. The people will heal too with a lot of care. The witnesses will need care but I think the strangers that rushed to help may need a bit more.

Impact of terrorist attack varies from other tragedies
April 22, 2013
By TARA BAIRD, USC School of Journalism

Pascoe: Miranda warning not needed for suspect

At 2:50 p.m. Monday, Boston held a moment of silence to remember the victims of last week’s bombings. Read more

COLUMBIA -- Natural disasters are devastating.

Tragedies caused by man are a different kind of pain.

“There is a fundamental difference between natural events and terrorist events,” said Susan Cutter, a geography professor at the University of South Carolina.

“In most instances, you kind of know if you’re living in an area that’s prone to the forces of nature,” she said. Terrorism, on the other hand, is not anticipated.

Cutter, who is also the director of the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute at USC, has conducted field studies on similar events, such as Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina.

“Terrorism. It can happen any time, anywhere to anyone,” she said.
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This also offers a lesson in judging others. Many employers are reluctant when it comes to hiring veterans because they are afraid of PTSD. While there is no need to fear any of them, the fact is, people do. This is a good time to point out that while employers may know a veteran has come back from combat, they never know what else other people experienced in their own lives.

Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias (social phobia, agoraphobia, and specific phobia).

Approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depressive disorders or substance abuse.1 Most people with one anxiety disorder also have another anxiety disorder. Nearly three-quarters of those with an anxiety disorder will have their first episode by age 21.5

Some of the people in Boston during the bombings will end up with PTSD but no one think twice about hiring them. It just won't be an issue. So how is it an issue when it comes to hiring veterans? A lot of the people rushing to help, risking their lives for the wounded were in fact veterans. Kind of makes you stop and think about judging anyone doesn't it?