Local therapist discusses psychological effect of violence on social media

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP)- Therapists at the Parkersburg Counseling & Wellness Center say anxiety and suicidal thoughts are current issues, and events like the Facebook shooting increase their frequency in many people.

Provisionally Licensed Therapist, Christine Parker, says that everything can’t be blamed on social media, but it is a contributing factor.

For some, it may trigger trauma memories, nightmares, or flashbacks.

Parker explains, “These are people who aren't mentally ill. These are people like you and me, and our parents and our brothers, and our sisters and our kids, who are anxious and fearful."

Parker encourages anyone who’s struggling with Sunday’s shooting to seek help from a counselor, mentor, or therapist.

The center welcomes anyone who seeks professional guidance.

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