27 July 2011

Wait before treating victims

Flashbacks, fear, guilt and anger will torment survivors of the shooting attacks in Norway, but health experts say doctors should wait before flooding them with trauma counselling.

Flashbacks, fear, guilt and anger will torment the minds of survivors of the shooting and bomb attacks in Norway, but mental health experts say doctors should resist the temptation to rush in and flood them with trauma counselling.

Lawyers, psychiatrists and police were discussing the mental health of Anders Behring Breivik after the anti-Islam radical admitted to a bombing and shooting spree that killed 76 people. More than 100,000 Norwegians attended a rally in Oslo, many carrying white and red roses in mourning.


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