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  1. James says:

    I was a juror in a murder case, where a prostitute was abducted, raped, taped up, and then strangled to death 14 hours later. We found the defendant guilty of first degree premeditated murder and felony murder. We unanimously recommend the death penalty. I know we made the right decision, and I am consciously comfortable with it. However, I have been suffering from insomnia and intense dreams that are necessarily about the case but involve large amount of information and evidence that my mind is trying to piece together like a puzzle. I have never had problems sleeping in my life before now.

    • admin says:

      First of all, James, thank you for your service. Jurors often pay a price on behalf of citizens, and we thank you for your willingness to be part of the judicial system that protects us.

      You are right to suggest that your mind is trying to piece together a puzzle. When our brain is overwhelmed, the experience becomes “trapped” in one side and cannot be appropriately filed in our memories. Therapies such as the Instinctual Trauma Response Model (Intensive Trauma Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) are sometimes used to treat these types of symptoms. If you have not sought treatment, consider talking to a trauma-trained mental health professional.

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