“Your children are not safe anywhere at any time.” -- A chilling note read by police investigating the Beltway sniper. The quote has some mid-Michigan parents bracing to console their own children.
But Dr. Michael Rogell, licensed psychologist, says if your child asks about the sniper to make sure parents talk about the issue.
Dr. Rogell says a child’s expression of fear or feelings can be not only healthy but a social growth experience for them. But, he doesn’t recommend discussing the subject unless your children bring it up.
Dr. Rogell recommends when parents discuss any issues that deal with anxiety to be truthful, consoling and listen to their children’s questions.
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Coping With the Sniper Shootings
When bad things happen over which we have no control, it raises our level of stress. If these bad things continue to occur over an extended period of time, our stress escalates into anxiety and apprehension.
Waiting for to hear if a sniper has been captured while bracing for news of more victims can be unnerving. Many people are feeling anxious, vulnerable and upset. These are all normal reactions. Here are a few things that can help you cope with this situation:
For further help, you can contact your local Mental Health Association or the National Mental Health Association at 800-969-NMHA (6642), www.nmha.org.
Source: http://www.nmha.org/ (National Mental Heath Association Web site) contributed to this report.