Eating Disorder Recovery
Joanna Poppink, MFT
Eating Disorder Recovery Psychotherapist
serving Arizona, California, Florida, Oregon and Utah.
All appointments are virtual.

If you suffer from an eating disorder now or have in the past, please email Joanna for a free telephone consultation.

I see a common theme hear among many of us - that we tried to avoid hearing or seeing too much of this tragedy as it unfolded.  A day later, I am still not watching any news, and the only updates I receive are what I see on the computer (and I read very little of that).  Our pastor is going to do a special service tomorrow and include a special communion time.  I doubt I will be able to avoid it then.  I think it will be a healthy thing for me to listen and not distance myself any longer. One thing that I have done with tragedies in my life, is to avoid and dissociate myself from the pain of the trauma.  As I work thru this type of response to trauma with my therapist, I think she would agree that (for me) continuing to repress my grief over this situation is very damaging. 
PTC I can understand how being so geographically close to Newton poses an even bigger response to your psyche.  I live about 4 hours from Va. Tech and I knew students who went there when the big shooting happened there a few years ago.  It hits really close to home, doesn't it?  I am sorry it is affecting you the way that it is. I hope that you find a way to deal with this along with the rest of us. Hang in there!

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