The shock and the sadness is still so ever present since the shooting. It is hard to pull oneself away from the 24/7 news cycle of fact and speculation. Many psychologists are being interviewed. We are being asked about the role of gaming on reality testing. We are being asked about rage and mental illness and even about personality disorders.
There is a place for all of this. But come Monday or Tuesday morning we will be sitting across from our pts who will be hurting. We must remember to leave speculation at the door and to be there for our pts. But in order to do this we must spend time getting in touch with our own emotional world. We must know where we are so we can better attend to where our patients are.