Public reaction to terror
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
- Duration 2:40
- Date Jul 22, 2012
Dr. Marc Siegel weighs in
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What a tragedy like the shooting or Colorado occurs in places.
Were meant to feel safe -- shopping malls movie theaters schools and offices.
Well experts say that it can create a chain reaction -- emotions they can cripple our daily lives security advice on how to cope with these emotions.
Is doctor Marc Siegel he's the author of false alarm.
The truth about the epidemic -- feared -- one of our eighteen.
Doctor -- it's great to have you here obviously everybody in the -- area is traumatize.
By this horrible massacre but all of -- a ripple effect.
For all of us across the country where we are experiencing trauma as well what are we to make of that.
-- fear is a very powerful emotion and it comes from the center of the brain it's something we get from animals.
Because we're supposed to be protected against danger and fear protects us so -- in that theater -- was an awfully good thing to have.
But as we empathize with the victims and as we watch it on TV and as we hear about it.
We can get fit fearful too that's a normal reaction but that overrides.
Our reason we start to be afraid we personalize the risk.
And we think it's going to be happening to us we we get worried about movie theaters we go to a movie theatre we yesterday I saw the police outside my movie theater and I'm thinking what are they doing there you know.
Gets a little nervous a little anxious that it could happen to them then I worry as a physician as an internist -- what's gonna mean for their -- what you gonna me for some other medical problem they have.
Because really statistically -- the changes are so low that this is gonna happen do you.
No -- to do chances are low but the fear it will and I I get show itself in in your house right.
There's no question about it and that's been studied because the hormones you make when you -- afraid of very very bad for your health.
And over time they can increase your risk of heart disease.
Note in -- is contagious that's the other thing so if I go to the theater and I'm afraid.
The person next to me may be afraid of I talked to my children and -- -- should go to the movies today they're so wide that.
Why shouldn't -- go and it spreads around the community not good for us okay so the fact that we all this residual fear now as a result of this how are with -- to cope with.
That's a great question and there's an answer which is the same center of the brain that involves fear also involves courage also involves laughter also involves faith.
I think faith is a great thing right now because if you look to god.
But you'll you'll find that that's the only person is supposed to be afraid of -- through -- -- channel you or your -- towards -- not to mundane things around the world.
So courage laughter.
Going back -- daily business and another thing go to the movies if you go to the movies you get used to this you know hey nothing's happened and I can go it's safe doctor Siegel give good advice -- I thank you thanks thanks very.