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Psychologist examines emotional impact in aftermath of Boston marathon bombings

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WILMINGTON—Runners and residents alike are dealing with the aftermath of the Boston marathon bombings.

The event has affected the lives of many. However for those whose passion is running, the incident hits a little too close to home.

"Folks I have talked to in the running community are really upset right now because we are in it for our health. We are in it to help others be active and have good healthy lifestyles,” said runner John Kapell.

Psychologist Len Lecci at UNC Wilmington said it is normal to feel emotional after watching a traumatic event. He said it is important to put everything in perspective and realize over-reacting will not solve the problem.

"I think in the long run as we are sort of sitting back and regaining perspective on this, I don't know if this will result in any dramatic change in our behaviors. I don't think that would be very psychologically healthy for individuals at this point," Lecci said.

Lecci said it is normal for everyone to have emotional feelings after a trauma, but notes it is important to put the event in perspective.

"If you are here in Wilmington, here in North Carolina, there's not a lot you can necessarily do directly, so spending a lot of time watching it, getting worked up about it is not healthy. I am not saying someone should ignore the events, but probably take them in some measure,” said Lecci.

Lecci said even though the attack took place in Boston, it had a very military-like feel. He said many runners in the Boston marathon will probably experience post traumatic stress disorder. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP