JONESBORO, Arkansas (CNN) -- As Littleton moves into a second week of mourning those lost in the Columbine High School shootings, the grief is echoed in Arkansas. People who survived a similar trauma in Jonesboro are recalling their own experiences and the long-term emotional recovery efforts that have followed.
Lynette Thetford -- not by her own choosing -- has become an expert on trauma and recovery. She's a teacher in Jonesboro and was shot on March 24, 1998, when two students, then aged 11 and 13, went on a rampage. Andrew Golden and Mitchell Johnson killed four students and one teacher, and they wounded 10 people.
The past year has been difficult for Thetford and others in the Jonesboro community, and the incident in Littleton has brought back difficult memories.
After the Arkansas shooting last year, some suffered from what's known as post-traumatic stress disorder. It can trigger depression and make it hard to function in daily life.
Someone can suffer from the disorder or a less-severe reaction without even having been at the site of the violence.
Dr. Robert Beaton is the director of the Jonesboro hospital to which the wounded were taken. He says he thought he was doing fine, until he heard about Littleton.
CNN Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen went to Jonesboro and spoke with Beaton and Thetford about life after the shootings there.
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