The sadness over recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio has certainly not gone away. Americans are probably a little more fearful since those shootings.
In some ways, it’s almost like the whole country has a case of post-traumatic stress syndrome.
However, Eric Seeman, an associate professor of psychology at UAH, says that’s not entirely accurate.
“I think if we say it’s a national mood of anxiety and concern then yes, that is accurate. One of the problems with describing things like this as post-traumatic stress is that PTSD is actually in our diagnostic system considered a severe disorder. Anxiety on the other hand, although it can be very severe, is very different. So what we’re talking about is anxiety – about something that people can’t control.”
You can watch our entire interview with Seeman below: