Rep. Dan Kildee says Capitol riot left him with post-traumatic stress
Driving the news: Kildee shared with NBC footage he filmed on his phone of rioters storming Congress as he huddled with other lawmakers inside the complex.
- Sitting beside his therapist, he told NBC's Hallie Jackson that viewing footage of the scenes when he got home "triggered an emotional and physical reaction."
- He said he had a lot of tension in his chest, breathing was difficult, and he became "really irritable," so he sought treatment.
For the record: Kildee added that he decided to open up about his struggles in order to help others.
- "Most people who experience trauma don't experience it in real time, on every network across the world," he added.
- "They do it quietly, privately, painfully, silently, alone. And so if I can speak to them, that's what I want to do."