EDISON - Health experts say that the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando has left many across the world with lingering anxieties, even if they weren’t directly affected by the tragedy.
Forty-nine people were killed and dozens of others were injured after a gunman opened fire on the LGBT club in the early morning hours of June 12.
Gay rights activist Christian Fuscarino says that New Jersey’s gay community feels vulnerable after the targeted attack.
“I know many people who are emotionally drained from the past week and are double guessing when they're out in public. And that's really unfortunate,” says Fuscarino.
Psychologist Rosalind Dorlen says that widely viewed images of the incident not only bring people closer to the event, but it can lead to post-traumatic stress.
“People who are experiencing this sense of horror, people who are feeling bullied in the past and now have to be re-traumatized,” she says.
Dorlen says that anyone feeling that way shouldn’t face those fears alone and should start by reaching out to trusted loved ones for support.