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What are the symptoms of shock from seeing something disturbing like mutilation and murder?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Response to horror
I agree with dr. Rao about feeling shock, bewilderment, and fear when seeing something disturbing like mutilation and murder. The person also often feels helpless -- not able to do anything in the situation.
Also, some have dissociative symptoms: numbness, detachment, decreased emotional responsiveness; reduced awareness of surroundings; derealization; depersonalization; sometimes amnesia too.

In brief: Response to horror
I agree with dr. Rao about feeling shock, bewilderment, and fear when seeing something disturbing like mutilation and murder. The person also often feels helpless -- not able to do anything in the situation.
Also, some have dissociative symptoms: numbness, detachment, decreased emotional responsiveness; reduced awareness of surroundings; derealization; depersonalization; sometimes amnesia too.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Familiar
Today's psychiatrists emphasize resiliency.
Everybody knows what sudden emotional shock feels like. My seeing a fatal, dismembering car wreck as a kid made me cherish life -- good thing. Most people do not develop any lasting damage (ptsd, flashbacks, preoccupation); if so, it's manageable. A "therapist" who tells you, "this must have damaged you terribly" is likely to make things worse.

In brief: Familiar
Today's psychiatrists emphasize resiliency.
Everybody knows what sudden emotional shock feels like. My seeing a fatal, dismembering car wreck as a kid made me cherish life -- good thing. Most people do not develop any lasting damage (ptsd, flashbacks, preoccupation); if so, it's manageable. A "therapist" who tells you, "this must have damaged you terribly" is likely to make things worse.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Have you considered that each person might experience this a little differently, and have a unique story to tell (if allowed to tell it)? Assuming we know anything at all about what a patient feels, is a recipe for completely misunderstanding that patient.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Thank you Dr. Pappas for adding what I could not in the 400 words given to me. If the questioner was asking, "What SHOULD I have felt?" then there is no answer.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
In brief: Shock
Shock, bewilderment, anxiety, depression, fear, nightmares, crying spells etc ptsd symptoms may occur later.

In brief: Shock
Shock, bewilderment, anxiety, depression, fear, nightmares, crying spells etc ptsd symptoms may occur later.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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