In the wake of the fatal tragedy of the Boston Marathon explosions, Joyce Maguire Pavao, a psychologist who works in child welfare, called local hospitals to find victims. Her family and friends near the area were safe from the attack but she was up to something else. She was looking for people needing help in recovery from trauma.
“It’s like an experience in a war zone, a bomb on a sidewalk,” said Pavao. “It’s traumatic for the people that were involved, for those hurt, for those who saw them get hurt, for the people that helped afterwards.”
Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the city’s marathon on Monday. The explosions killed three people and injured more than 170 others. While everything is going back to normal slowly, people like Pavao are tending to those affected by the disaster and its less visible effect: post-traumatic stress disorder.
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