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Updated: 4/18/2013 7:11 pm
Vincent Palmer, a resident, says, "A lot has happened."

Brittiany Eastridge, another resident, adds, "It's really hard to take in what's going on."

Tragic, sad, and in some ways shows you the worst side of human nature, that's how people we spoke with describe the Boston Bombings, Texas Plant Explosion, and poisonous letters sent to President Obama and another government official.

Thomas L. Cory, a Clinical Psychologist out of Chattanooga, adds, "The cumulative effect can begin to wear on you."

Cory says from these events you can develop some anxieties and phobias about being in public places or big events.

He's seen it first hand since Monday.

Cory adds, "I've even talked to a few parents who are very upset because they feel like they can't even protect our children."

Corey also says these events are hitting home for our veterans and people who have lost young children.

According to Cory, "I think it's very important that you accept, of course, that these are unsettling, upsetting images you seem, that you don't deny them, you don't sit there and pretend that everything's ok."

But he says to get through this traumatic week, look at the resilience our nation has shown, and ask ourselves this one empowering question, "What can we do to help?"

For more information on how to deal with events like we've seen, contact a local counselor or psychologist.

There are also state agencies available to help.
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