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Harrowing Experiences May Require Counseling

The death of three people in the Knox County bus accident on December 2, 2014 will forever live on in the mind of Peter Bolton and his wife.  The Boltons, some of the first to approach and offer assistance at the scene, still suffer daily from images and memories of those they aided during that deadly crash.  The images, even six months later, can bring tears and distress to an otherwise normal day.

Laura Wheat, clinical assistant professor and coordinator for the Grief Outreach Initiative in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, notes that if you’re one of the first responders or if you were in the crash but suffered no injury, you have a stronger chance of experiencing a traumatic reaction. The symptoms of a traumatic reaction can develop four different ways and often times those involved need counseling to work through these difficult times.

Read more of Wheat’s thoughts and advice on how to handle PTSD and the stories of those who helped on that harrowing day.