The disconnect between the festive atmosphere at The Dark Knight Rises midnight premiere and the horrific tragedy that occurred roughly thirty minutes into the film creates potential for severe psychological trauma, some experts say.
“On an emotional Richter scale, it was very high,” said Dr. Jeffrey A. Lieberman, referring to the shooter who opened fire on an audience watching the new Batman film in Aurora, Colorado. He is the psychiatrist in chief at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University Medical Center.
“You go to a movie like Batman because it’s fun-loving entertainment, and you are seeing kids in costumes and the last thought you are thinking about is some type of seriously dangerous, potentially life-threatening situation. The contrast adds to the potential for emotional trauma.”
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Medical professionals say that the survivors of the massacre could develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), commonly seen in soldiers returning from war zones. The Department of Veterans Affairs says that about 5.2 million Americans develop PTSD at some point in their lives. Not all trauma survivors develop PTSD: about 50 percent of American women and 60 percent of men experience some form of trauma during their lives.
If you or someone you know is suffering from a form of emotional trauma, talk to us. They may not have physical scars, but the memories and emotional damage are very real. Our website has more information on psychological injuries, and we offer free consultations to discuss your story. Give us a call at (866) 377-3800.
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