Therapists will be stationed along the Boston Marathon route to talk to those suffering negative emotions related to last year's bombings

  • People may feel anxiety related to the bombings even if they were not physically present
  • 'They may be feeling a little more on edge. A little more tearful perhaps or a little more irritable and less patient, said Dr. Chris Carter of Spaulding Rehab

By Alexandra Klausner

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It's hard not to think anxiously about last year's bombings as the Boston Marathon approaches next month. To help Bostonians deal with difficult and perhaps unexpected emotions, therapists will be stationed along the sidelines of the marathon route to talk to those who are suffering.

Dr. Chris Carter of Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Boston believes that people may feel uneasy during the festivities.

'They may be feeling a little more on edge. A little more tearful perhaps or a little more irritable and less patient,' he told CBS.

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Last year's Boston marathon was tragic after terrorists set off bombs at the finish line

Last year's Boston marathon was tragic after terrorists set off bombs at the finish line

Dr. Chris Carter will be at the Boston Marathon this year to support the runners raising money for his rehab center

Dr. Chris Carter will be at the Boston Marathon this year to support the runners raising money for his rehab center

Carter also explains how people may experience negative emotions at the time of the marathon without realizing what they are linked to.

People who did not participate in the race may be overwhelmed even though they did not experience the trauma directly.

Not only is grieving necessary says Carter, so is looking back at how far Boston has come as a community.

'The progress these guys have been able to make is largely because of the generosity of strangers. In the midst of the horror and all the evil that was there, look at the good that’s been coming out,' he said.

 

Carter will be in Hopkinton on Marathon Monday to support the runners raising money for his rehab.

He spoke of the importance of coming together to help one another after the tragic event.

Carter has helped many survivors come to terms with their fear and anger but says it is really the community that must help one another cope with overcoming obstacles.

'The progress these guys have been able to make is largely because of the generosity of strangers. In the midst of the horror and all the evil that was there, look at the good that’s been coming out,' he said.

Being, or more appropriately the mantra 'Boston Strong,' doesn't have to do with being happy all the time. All people should expect to feel anxious sometimes, because overcoming adversity makes people stronger and brings them together.

Carter stressed that recovery has very much to do with help from the Boston community at large

Carter stressed that recovery has very much to do with help from the Boston community at large

Even though last year's crime scene was cleaned away, memories of the tragedy still linger on

Even though last year's crime scene was cleaned away, memories of the tragedy still linger on

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I suppose it's nice that they want to help people with negative emotions about the Marathon Bombing. But I also hope they also have someone to go after anyone with positive emotions about the crime.

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Nope, not going anywhere near the event this year. That week was as traumatizing for those of us in the path of that maniac as the past week has been over the Malaysian air mystery.

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You know when something seems to beyond stupid just "follow the money" and that is when it all makes sense. Someone came up with "how can we milk a tragic event and make money and bring more attention to the event?"...

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Haha...I'm afraid of kittens, so I think I'll attend the race just for some free therapy on dealing with my terrifying kitten fear.

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What? How STUPID are Bostonians?

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how dumb Boston Strong my ass!!!!

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We should be worrying more about the fact that people are afraid to step inside a hospital's emergency room for fear of what they will be charged. This is just another silly developed country's overprotective attitude...

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I got a better idea, don;t go. When something very bad happens to me, I try to never repeat it happening again. Go for a bicycle ride around a different town or something. Maybe that is caving in but hey we are only human. One year is not enough time to heal emotionally over that horrible event. U could not pay me to attend.

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If I was "Traumatized", would I wait 12 to seek counseling at the roadside of the SAME event? I doubt it! If was so traumatized I wouldn't go again.

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Totally emasculated society.

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I'm female and I'm also offended by this. It's not emasculation, it's just coddling.

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I agree... a modern-day society of sissified drama-queens. The newest social craze being who can give the most heart wrenching show of water-works!

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