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How to deal with traumatic stress when fear and terror arise

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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - The Orlando shooting for many is unfathomable.

But, there is a difference between letting yourself acknowledge and feel for what happened as opposed to letting the event affect, disrupt and rule your life.

Stephanie Lirio, M.D., of Family COPE and Pathways Human Services in Sarasota said it's very normal to feel anxious, scared, and to feel that you might want to avoid things that you normally do, like dropping your children off at school, which is a very good example of how a normal routine activity can suddenly cause extreme fear and terror in somebody.

Big crowded places, movie theaters, and concert halls added Dr. Lirio all may seem like they could be targets.

Financial Advisor, Peter J. Abbott of Edward Jones in Sarasota is also the former Sarasota Chief of Police and retired New York City Police Inspector.

Abbott was hands on during 911, and explained some people due to the recent Orlando shootings may have feelings of survivor guilt.

"The may be thinking, why them, why was it not me." Said Abbott.

Helping others said Abbott helped him get through those extremely difficult days in NYC, and he urges others to do the same.

Dr. Lirio said she thinks it's a good reminder to be vigilant, "you want to be careful you want to be cautious, you want to use good common sense, but you don't want that to cross in the line of being paranoid. And I think that that is a very, very fine line."

Dr. Lirio added you should continue with your life, doing things that routinely bring you joy, and if you find that you are unable to do so after a couple of weeks then seek professional help.