Aurora is bracing for another emotional week as families begin making funeral arrangements for the loves ones they lost in the horrific Colorado theater shooting.
On Monday night, HLN’s Dr. Drew dedicated his entire show to helping people understand how to overcome such distress.
“Trauma changes our brains,” he said. “It changes our brains permanently and that is why we have to have professional intervention. There's healing, but it’s about re-wiring and changing how the brain functions.”
He further explained, “If you isolate and sit with your fears … you increase your risk for psychiatric/psychological problems later. Right now is the time to reach out for help -- to talk -- to get support from your community -- to organize a concept of faith of a higher power and be of service to other people … If you don't get treatment …you can be at risk for depression, posttraumatic stress disorder or various longer term consequences.”