As a human behavior expert with a doctorate in psychology, I look at life events and experiences through the lens of multiple disciplines, including psychology. That’s why I stopped by ABC’s WFAA News 8 to discuss the psychological effect of grief and stress after a tragedy like the ambush on Dallas police department officers during the peaceful protest July 7.
Our brains are much more sensitive to negative information than positive news. The reasoning and emotional areas of the brain must have balance to function properly. When the emotional part of the brain is overly excited, people lose control of their ability to respond sensibly. That’s why it’s important to pause, listen, seek information from all perspectives of issues and think before speaking.
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Seek help from a licensed mental health professional if you are in emotional distress since coaching is not counseling nor therapy. “The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA provides a list of warning signs and risk factors for emotional distress related to incidents of mass violence and other disasters. SAMHSA also has a number of resources if you or someone you know needs help in working through emotional concerns related to incidents of mass violence. Find out who is most at risk of emotional distress and where to find help.”
If you are in emotional distress caused by recent events or know someone who is, seek help by calling the Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.