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Boston bombings leave Tri-State residents on alert

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Boston Marathon bombings have left some Tri-state residents on alert. The result has been an increase in suspicious package calls.

Typically Cincinnati's bomb squad gets one or two calls a week, but since the Boston bombings they have responded to four different suspicious package calls.

"If we don't receive the call we can't do anything about it," Cincinnati Fire Department Special Operations Chief Tom Lakamp told FOX19.

Lakamp is in charge of the city's bomb squad which responds to suspicious package calls.

"I think we always need to be vigilant no matter what location you're in," he said.

At the same time, Lakamp says incidents like the Boston Marathon bombing should not keep people from living their lives. 

"There is a fine line between being aware which is where we want everyone and being paranoid," Lakamp said.

"It's natural to be nervous, to be anxious," Dr. Cal Alder said.  "Remember, these things aren't fully rational."

Dr. Adler, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati, says like anything in life when something is on our mind we tend to be more aware of it in our surroundings.

"In this case we're more keyed into significances of packages, of objects, of suspicious objects one might be seeing around for obvious reasons," Adler said. "So even though intellectually we know that the likelihood of those being dangerous or explosives is minimal, nonetheless, we're noticing that in a way that we wouldn't."

Adler says the immediate availability of pictures, video, and information can have both positive and negative effects.

"I think we can empathize, we can sympathize with the victims of this tragedy in a much more immediate way than might have been true in the past because it does feel like it's more local," he said. "The downside of that is that it triggers our sense of danger, of concern, because it's as if it happened nearby."

Dr. Adler says events like the Boston bombing affect everyone differently. For many it might just mean they hug their family a little tighter, but for others it could affect things like sleep, mood, appetite, and even trigger addictive behaviors. He encourages anyone that might need it to reach out for help.

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