The psychological effects from gun violence can be long lasting

The U.S. has had more than 6,000 deaths this year alone

(CNN) – In the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history; a massive gun tragedy in Orlando. A long and traumatic road to recovery lies ahead for the survivors.

When someone is shot, the injuries can be devastating and the recovery can take months or even years depending on where or how someone’s been shot.  These injuries also come with serious psychological effects that can last a lifetime.

Studies show that someone is shot in the U.S. every 4 minutes and there are approximately more than 100,000 Americans shot per year.

Doctors say patients who suffer violent injuries can experience a handful of emotions ranging from anger, nightmares, hallucinations, sadness, and eventually develop post-traumatic stress disorder.   Some struggle with anxiety or even feel guilty about surviving.

This can makes one’s recovery much harder. A big part of a survivor’s recovery is having strong relationships in their community, with their family and friends.

The connections to people are more important than you think. They can be the healing ties that make you better.

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