Psychiatrists help to cope with emotions after bombings

Stress and anxiety are normal after events like these.

People all over the world had varied emotions after seeing Monday's bombings. For Althea Henry, seeing Boston's famous marathon blow up hit much closer to home.

She grew up in Boston and moved to Syracuse 15 years ago. Her mother still lives in Boston, which was on lockdown all day.

"Kids can't even go outside, they're on complete lockdown. People can't go to work, the train system's down. It's not a good time," says Henry. "She's not happy about it, she's afraid to open her windows, she's afraid to go outside. She's 80, she should be able to have the freedom to do what she wants to do and not feel like she's a prisoner in her own home."

Upstate Psychiatrist Robert Gregory says that during and after a terrorist attack, stress and anxiety are normal feelings. He says that turning your thought into words can help you to avoid developing a mental illness from fear, sadness, or survivor guilt. There are simple ways each of us can keep a sense of reality in our daily lives.

"The events in Boston have shaken the foundation of our fundamental sense of security and our expectation for safety," says Gregory. "If we can maintain our normal routines and be able to put this in perspective. The reality is there is more danger crossing a street than having a terrorist kill us."