Disaster fatigue: How to cope?

Bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon

The bombing in Boston was far away from our community, but we're still impacted by it, both emotionally and psychologically.

Dr. Jennie Cassidy, a psychologist at Coastal Carolina University explained that secondary post traumatic stress disorder can come from being overexposed to tragedies, even if they're just on TV. She said that the role they play in how we feel can vary from person to person.

"People who don't put that limit on it and don't turn it off, then they risk overwhelming themselves with it," Dr. Cassidy explained.

She said events like the bombing at the Boston Marathon force us to be spectators.

"It's something that's happening in the world that you have no control over and when you don't have that control you feel helpless," she said.

This can lead to other symptoms like depression and anxiety.

Dr. Cassidy said a lot of this lack of control can come from unanswered questions, as police continue to search for a suspect in Boston.

"They don't know what they can do to keep that from happening in their own lives because there's no explanation for it."

Dr. Cassidy said it can more difficult to learn from and prevent this kind of situation from happening again. But, she said if you can't reach out to victims in Boston or in other tragedies, think about what you can do in your little corner of the world to make things better.

"Help yourself to reestablish some sense of control and that means you do something that makes the world a better place, the kind of place where these things don't happen."