04/18/2013 01:09 pm ET Updated Aug 14, 2013

Misplaced Anxiety And Traumatic Events, From Dr. Gail Saltz (VIDEO)

If you're feeling especially anxious and nervous about traumatic events, it might be misplaced anxiety, said psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz. People who have had a recent loss or traumatic event happen to them might be extra sensitive to events like what happened in Boston, whether they were personally affected or not. If this is the case, it's worth talking with trusted friends or even a professional to work through your feelings.

Another culprit is the constant media coverage -- while this is a rare event, it starts to feel frequent and immediate because it's constantly present in your home through the internet and your TV. If you're feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, turn off the coverage. Read a newspaper to get the facts, but re-watching the same intense images is unnecessary.

Watch the full interview here.

Get more of Dr. Gail Saltz's tips on coping with tragedies:

Dr. Gail Saltz's 10 Tips To Cope With Tragedy

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