A mound of emotional tragedies seem to be happening all at once. From the bombings in Boston, to ricin poison packages mailed to politicians, to the fatal fertilizer facility explosion here in Texas the deluge of disasters is beginning to take a toll on many.
"It weighs heavy. Can't hardly sleep at night. You're thinking about what's going on, the terrorists and things. It's a mess right now. Just can pray, that's all you can do," says Houstonian Terry Johnson.
The images replaying over and over are horrifying, the details are disturbing and the realization that someone would intentionally inflict such horror is haunting and heartbreaking says Houstonian David Estes. "Especially with the bombings and all that, it almost seems like the world's going crazy. I really try to tune it out. It's just almost overwhelming," Estes explains.
Baylor College Of Medicine Psychologist Dr. James Bray says at a time like this doing something to help the victims can be extremely healing for you. "This is particularly important for parents to get their kids into action somehow. It may be writing a note (a get well card) to somebody or making a donation or doing something. Then the child will learn I don't have to sit here and worry. I can actually do something that might make a difference," explains Dr. Bray.
"My daughter was asking this morning, because we watch the news in the morning. She was like mommy this might happen to us, the Boston bombing and the explosion in West, TX and I'm like no baby we just have to pray and whatever happens is God's will," says Houstonian Raechelle Stewart.
If you find yourself consumed with the coverage and even taking it to bed at night Dr. Bray suggests immediately before bedtime take your mind off of tragedy and focus on something much more pleasant. "Whether that's on TV, radio, the computer begin to shut down things about an hour before you go to sleep. Read something that's calming or soothing for you," says Bray.
Bray says it's also important to get sad feelings off your chest and talk to friends and family about what you're feeling. He says if you really seem to be focusing on and worrying about will this happen to me and it's interfering with your normal routine you may need to speak with a professional such as a minister or a doctor.