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Damar Hamlin’s strike could cause a shared traumatic experience for viewers, says a mental health expert

Emotions remain high nationwide after Buffalo Bill’s security Damar Hamlin collapsed during Monday night’s NFL game.

FOX 5 reports that what many observed happening to Damar Hamlin on Monday night can lead to what is known as a shared traumatic experience that can cause acute stress.

The world was now watching and possibly navigating through fear, nervousness, and even anger about certain aspects, along with confusion and shock.

dr Nicole Mavrides, a board-certified adult and child psychiatrist, says she too saw what happened at Monday night’s soccer game and, as a seasoned psychiatrist, was shocked. She urged parents and people to use direct and simple terms when discussing the incident.

Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills reacts to an injury sustained by Damar Hamlin #3 during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium January 2, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty

She also noted that this is extremely unusual and an unlikely event.

Buffalo Bills’ Damar Hamlin in ‘critical condition’ after collapsing on the field during the game

Damar Hamlin is in critical condition after collapsing on the field during Monday’s Buffalo Bills-Cincinnati Bengals game, according to a National Football League statement.

Mavrides says the following steps are now for anyone affected by what they saw with Hamlin to take: Take time for yourself. Disable notifications on your phone. Break away from technology temporarily. Focus on family activities, including hiking, reading a book, and relaxing.

The medical community also notes that what happened Monday night is rare. Student athletes should not fear the sport they play because of what they have seen.

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