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Coping with the non-stop images on TV of Boston bombing drama

By JOLEEN FERRIS

Televisions at establishments throughout Central New York are turned to the real-time drama unfolding in Boston.

People can't turn away, but that might not be a good thing, especially in a community that lived a very similar scene not long ago.

Michael Stalteri is a therapist from Herkimer who lost a friend in last month's tragic shootings there.

As a therapist, though, Michael Stalteri has learned some pretty good coping mechanisms.

The non-stop, violence-laced, real drama and real human suffering streaming 24/7 from our TV sets and computers can present problems, especially for those who, only a few weeks ago, experienced similar unexpected loss and violence in Herkimer and Mohawk. For them, it can interrupt the healing process.

"So if you're prone to it and you're obsessed with this and you're watching it, it's going to affect you and it's going to tap into those things that have happened in your life and it's going to resonate with you and bring those things up," Stalteri said.

So what do you do?

Take a break from keeping up on what's happening in Boston. Many will get alerts on their phones or through the social media if anything new happens anyway.

Also, Stalteri recommends reaching out and leaning on your support systems. He says turn to a therapist, a trusted family member or even a friend to talk about it.

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