7. Fighting the War Behind Your Ears
Three mental-health experts offer their advice for staying
1. Robert P. Franks, National Center for Children Exposed
"Give yourself a break from the news. And if you are a parent, remember
that your children take their cues on how to behave and react from
you. Show them that in the aftermath of tragedy, you have the courage
to live your life."
2. John Draper, Mental Health Association of New York City:
"Because of the enormity of the event, you may think you have no
coping mechanisms that can work in this situation. But you should
return to ones you've relied on before and maybe just use
them a little more intensely, whether that's exercising, spending
time with family and friends, or just listening to more music."
3. Thomas C. Neylan, medical director of the Post-Traumatic-Stress
Disorder program at the University of California-San Francisco:
"Sleep. The best way you can be supportive to your loved ones is
to be alert and attentive."