'There's not one way of coping:' Experts offer advice for dealing with trauma following shooting

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WAUWATOSA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- As the community continues to cope with this week's tragic shooting at Molson Coors, local medical experts are offering information on how to deal with trauma.

"Trouble sleeping, having maybe nightmares or flashbacks, a heightened sense of anxiety, those are the things that anybody would normally feel after something like this," said Terri deRoon-Cassini with the Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Trauma Psychology Program.

deRoon-Cassini said those impacted by the deadly shooting and even those who weren't directly affected may be hurting emotionally after the traumatic event.

Experts said it is important to let someone cope how they want to.

"There's not one way of coping," deRoon-Cassini said.

However, deRoon-Cassini said one common way of dealing with trauma is to talk about it.

“When people are ready to and when people are feeling like they want to, having the ability to talk about what they’re thinking and feeling and what they went through and even the story of what they remember if they were there, is really helpful in trying to facilitate resilience after something like this," deRoon-Cassini said.

deRoon-Cassini said showing support can make all the difference for someone.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is offering different support resources for people during this tragedy. The Disaster Distress Helpline is available for anyone experiencing emotional distress at 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

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