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Coping After Terrorism for Injured Survivors

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8 pages
This handbook was developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office of Victim Assistance to provide guidelines for injured survivors attempting to cope in the aftermath of a terrorist attack.
The information provided in this handbook is intended to provide assistance to individuals who are experiencing a range of different emotions as a result of surviving a terrorist attack. The handbook, developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office of Victims Assistance, is not intended to be used as a substitute for the role of professional counseling. The handbook briefly discusses the various emotions and reactions that survivors may encounter. These emotions and reactions include shock and numbness, fear, guilt, anger and resentment, depression and loneliness, isolation, physical symptoms of distress, panic, inability to resume normal activity, and delayed reaction. The handbook also mentions a variety of coping mechanisms that survivors of terrorist attacks can use to cope with their emotions. These include delaying making any major decisions, remembering to breathe, simplifying one's life and taking care of mind and body, talking to a trusted friend or clergy member, asking questions, and organizing and planning ways to deal with the media.