Many using hobbies to cope after graphic video shows Tyre Nichols death
Dr. Patricia Westmoreland says continued exposure to these videos can cause vicarious trauma.
Dr. Patricia Westmoreland, Psychiatrist with the HealthONE Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, discusses the importance of finding ways to cope with difficult news and imagery in today’s world.
"I think it's especially traumatizing, if we are members of a minority group, whether it be by ethnicity, by the color of our skin, by our religion, and we see that happen to somebody in our own community, or even in another community, it makes us vulnerable, it makes us fear our own safety and the safety of our children," Westmoreland said. "Watching those images can actually create very excessive depression, or anxiety, or even post-traumatic stress."
Dr. Patricia Westmoreland, a psychiatrist at HealthONE Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, says continued exposure to these videos can cause vicarious trauma.