It's been a stressful couple of weeks for 12 young boys and their soccer coach in Thailand. The last of them were rescued this morning from a cave where they were trapped for more than two weeks by rising water.
While the physical ordeal is now over, the emotional repercussions could be around for months or even years.
"Some will fell like there is help, I'm going to get through this, and that whole mental state of mind will be even more important as they come out of the event, because that will be validated, they will have made it and they will have believed it right from the start," noted Cindy Shyback, who is a mental health professional with Alberta Health Services.
"The ones that have difficulty are the ones who perceive it as I'm likely to die," she countered. "They're already extremely fearful in that event and basically, their mind holds onto that and as they come out of that event, that feeling doesn't easily go away."
Shyback suspects that everyone involved in the Thai cave rescue will undergo some form of counselling and some could be debilitated for some time.
"The result of that can be nightmares, feelings of being unsafe that come without any apparent trigger," she outlined. "It's something that the mind picks up; it might be a sound or a smell that subconsciously reminds them of a traumatic event, so they get those same feelings back."

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