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How San Bernardino terror attack survivors are struggling with PTSD’s ‘invisible wounds’ 2 years later

By in Press Enterprise on November 17, 2017

By Suzanne Hurt

She’d never been afraid of horses before. Yet she froze outside the corral — her mind racing with fear as she watched the palomino quarterhorse walk around the corral in an isolated box canyon.

Since the Dec. 2, 2015, terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Paula Harold had been afraid, distressed and despondent — diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Now she was supposed to go in there and begin equine therapy. But she stood behind the fence – heart beating fast, breathing shallow, her body flooded with anxiety.

  • Paula Harold and her husband Tony watch as their son Jacob play baseball at Pico Park in Grand Terrace on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Paula is a survivor from the Dec. 2nd terrorist attack in San Bernardino but is still trying to recover and deal with PTSD. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

  • Paula Harold has a moment with Heidi, a horse she spent time with in a horse therapy program through Equus Medendi Equine Assisted Therapy in Redlands on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. In back is her husband Anthony. Paula is a survivor from the Dec. 2nd terrorist attack in San Bernardino and is now dealing with PTSD. She has completed at least a dozen sessions of the horse therapy program to help her deal with the issues. (Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

    Paula Harold has a moment with Heidi, a horse she spent time with in a horse therapy program through Equus Medendi Equine Assisted Therapy in Redlands on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. In back is her husband Anthony. Paula is a survivor from the Dec. 2nd terrorist attack in San Bernardino and is now dealing with PTSD. She has completed at least a dozen sessions of the horse therapy program to help her deal with the […]    

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