Marathon bombings leave locals feeling nervous

Marathon bombings leave locals feeling nervous; expert says that's normal

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It just makes me more cautious when I'm out in those places and look around and notice my surroundings and have that in the back of your mind, but hope for the best," runner Tabitha Burris explained. It just makes me more cautious when I'm out in those places and look around and notice my surroundings and have that in the back of your mind, but hope for the best," runner Tabitha Burris explained.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - After two bombs went off near the finish line at the Boston Marathon Monday, people in East Tennessee are thinking about the lasting effects of the traumatic event.

"I think it's less for me about security and more about how we are treating each other in a positive, loving way. Because I think when you start talking about security, and kind of this culture of fear, that it actually reinforces sort of a lot of the negative looking at people in this kind of fearful way," said Knoxville resident Chris Crass.

Some are extra grateful for what they have in light of the event.

"[Monday], my friends and I ran just to get out, and we take for granted what we are able to do. It felt good, and then you thought of those people that this had happened to," said runner Tabitha Burris.

While most of the people 6 News spoke with said they weren't doing things much differently as a result, some did say they were going to be more aware of their surroundings.

"It won't stop me or my family from going out. It just makes me more cautious when I'm out in those places and look around and notice my surroundings and have that in the back of your mind, but hope for the best," Burris explained.

One expert 6 News spoke with says it's normal to be worried or extra cautious after a traumatic event like the bombings.

"A natural thing that will happen is people will be traumatized by the event, they'll be made more nervous or anxious by the event and some folks may indeed be fearful or have trouble sleeping or that sort of thing," explained Ben Harrington, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee.

Director Harrington says if someone is having trouble sleeping or is nervous or fearful for days or weeks after an event, they should seek professional help.

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