We consistently underestimate the resilience of normal people in the face of traumatic events, such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks. If supported by friends or family, most people find a way to cope.
Key point 2
Helping people connect with their loved ones is one of the most effective interventions in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event.
Key point 3
For many trauma survivors, talking to a mental health professional straight away actually increases their chances of developing PTSD. Feeling distressed at such times is normal, not a sign of mental illness.