The recent terrorist attacks have highlighted not just security concerns but also the devastating health effects (physical & emotional) of such violence. Terrorism evokes fundamental fears of helplessness because the violent actions are intentional, random, and unprovoked and are often aimed at soft targets (defenseless citizens). The victims of these acts can suffer long term psychological consequences including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety disorders. A terrorist attack can also bring on, or exacerbate addictions to alcohol or drugs.What are the world remedies to manage the “trauma” in order to offer a safe and conducive environment for human health & happiness?
As an humble man on the street, let us referred to what the Clinicians are suggesting:
–Counseling, an important first step to express understanding and sympathy for the unique thoughts and feeling of their patients;
–Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), can be effective for reducing the risk for chronic PTSD, it means teaching specific coping skills;
–Relaxation training, when the victim can easily acknowledge the challenges of that emotion;
–Psychological debriefing, survivors are prompted to describe the events with the encouragement to express their feelings.
How can these therapies be a panacea to fear, anxiety, health, courage, hope & happiness? The answer is the world is fitting a wrong battle.
Jesus Christ (the Name above names), our Savior and Lord, the King of Glory said in the book of Luke 21: 25 -36, when introducing his second coming to his disciples “…people will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory…Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear. Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and the worries of this life. Don’t not let that day catch you unaware…” His antidote (a remedy) has two aspects:
- Watchfulness or alertness toward the time in which we live, celebrating the apathy and dullness ( the quality of being slow to understand things) of heart and mind Colossians 4: 2 “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”;
- The second aspect is the expression of the idiom “watch & pray”. Acts 1: 14 “They all met together and were constantly united in prayer, along with Mary the mother of Jesus, several other women, and the brothers of Jesus.” In fact, this idiom focused on two matters:
a) being able to escape the destruction occasioned by the coming wrath (great danger) of God, and also the wrath of those who oppose the spreading of the Gospel;
b) to be able to stand before the Living God, who is our judge and the judge of all men.
To be continued…Part 2.