The healing process now begins for the victims of the Boston marathon bombings.
The president and CEO of Mental Health of Northeast Florida Denise Marzullo says post-traumatic stress disorder will be a huge concern for many of the victims.
"A lot of them will experience nightmares and flashbacks and have difficulty sleeping."
Marzullo says normally post-traumatic stress disorder relates to events such as war or being a victim of rape. However, Marzullo says the events in Boston will take a great deal of time to recover from.
"It's going to take a lot of time. I'm talking about years to really heal."
Marzullo says you never know what will trigger people's account of what happened at the Boston marathon bombings.
"Racing thoughts about the bombing and what they heard and what they smelled. Different things are going to trigger that."
So she says the best suggestion for victims is to talk about what happened that day and talk about their feelings. She recommends having friends and family as a support system in additional to getting professional help and/or counseling.
"They definitely want to reach out, try to get some sort of counseling, make sure they have family and friends to talk to."
Marzullo says it will be particulary hard for those who lost loved ones and those who lost their limbs. She says the grieving process is different for everyone. For some, 6-12 months, but for others it could go on for years as they adapt and adjust to a new lifestyle.