COLUMBIA, SC (WACH)--Four days after being rescued, the three women who were kidnapped for 10 years are starting a difficult transition back to a normal life.
Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus, and Michelle Knight, along with Berry's child, were rescued by neighbors Monday from the home of Ariel Castro and his brothers. Castro is charged with four counts of kidnapping, and three counts of rape.
Licensed, Independent Social Worker Lauren Rosinski has been working in trauma services for five years. She said the first obstacle for people who experience something like this is Post Traumatic Stress.
"They may be hyper vigilant," Rosinski said. "They may not want people in their space. They may not want hugs. They may not want any of that. A lot of people can be very overwhelming for them. So you are going to want to give them time and space."
Rosinski said the emotional and mental scars will take the longest to heal.
Family members also have to make changes to accommodate loved ones they may have initially thought were dead.
"They have got to adjust to a new person in the home," Rosinski said. "They need their support. They need their understanding of the fact that this person is probably going to have some reactions to things."
Rosinski added that every person is different. The recovery time can range between several months to several years.