PEWAUKEE -- After 14 people were killed in San Bernardino, California in what now is being investigated as an act of terrorism, a Waukesha psychotherapist is helping those who need guidance through the horrors of the tragedy. He's set to talk to a Pewaukee church on Sunday, December 6th.
It's a recipe for emotional distress: dreary cold weather, mix in holiday stress and now add this -- domestic terrorism.
"Now you throw in this every day, every week disruptions to our peace. It really gets tough to be in a good place," said Dr. Doug Meske, Waukesha Psychotherapist.
Meske says worry, concern and anger are negative but healthy and normal feelings. When those feelings turn into acute anxiety or depression it is unhealthy.
The San Bernardino terrorism is taking a toll, according to Dr. Meske.
"I had a patient call me twice within 15 minutes to update me on the San Bernadino thing, even though she knew I wasn't there but she just needed to let me know that it made her anxious and fearful. I think people feel overwhelmed," said Meske.
The psychotherapist has several points to remember:
- Limit your exposure to repetitive negative and disturbing images.
- Know there are far more healthy and good people than bad.
- Remember there are security systems protecting us.
- There are possibilities but not probabilities bad things will happen.
- Families should spend more time together in a supportive environment.
"We change what we can and we cope with what we can't. People are needing help with that in this day and age here," said Meske.
Dr. Meske will speak to anyone who wants to hear more at St. Anthony's Church located at W280N2101 Prospect Avenue in Pewaukee, on Sunday, December 6th at 11:00 a.m.