We’re living in an era of daily trauma: Here’s how to cope

We're living in an era of daily trauma: here's how to cope

May 27, 2022 by Fortune

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  • With so much loss running through America's veins today (and for many days to come), one question feels particularly pressing: How do we mourn those lost and cope with the multi-layered grief that's become a foundational part of living in the U.S.?
  • Dr. O'Connor's research suggests that part of why grieving feels like a Sisyphean task is because the brain is trying to reconcile two pieces of incompatible information: first, your memory telling you that a person has died, and second, your brain insisting that the same person is just in the next room or a phone call away (as used to be the case).
  • She adds that vicarious trauma—defined by the American Counseling Association as "the emotional residue of exposure that counselors have from working with people as they are hearing their trauma stories and become witnesses to the pain, fear, and terror that trauma survivors have endured"—is now an actuality for most people.
  • Hypervigilance is a big part of an everyday symptom I'm seeing where folks are thinking twice about the mundane things they used to do like dropping off their kids at school quickly, taking the subway, and walking on their own," says Chang.

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