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Emergence of stress symptoms in U.S. citizens since the September 11 terror attacks.

15 Aug

A survey of the emergence of stress symptoms in U.S. citizens since the terror attacks of September 11th showed that 44% of adults reported at least one substantial new symptom; 68% reported the emergence of at least one moderate symptom; and 90% a more minor symptom. Reactions varied by sex, race/ethnicity, presence or absence of prior emotional problems, distance from the locus of the attack and by region of the country. Rates of stress were higher with women, nonwhites; in people with previous psychological problems and in people closest to New York City. Stress levels were also associated with extent of television viewing immediately following the attacks. People most typically responded to their upset by turning to religion, turning to one another for support, checking on the safety of others, talking about their thoughts and feelings, participating in vigils and other community rituals, and making donations and doing charitable acts. Some found that to stop watching TV was helpful.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award