Psychological Reactions to Terrorist Attacks: Findings from the National Study of American’s Reactions to September 11
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that more than a half-million people in the New York City metropolitan area may have developed Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the wake of the September 11 attacks. In contrast, levels of general psychological distress in New York City did not differ from those reported in other parts of the country. Further, in the nation as a whole, general psychological distress was within normal limits. This study (JAMA, 7-August-2002) is the first to report about clinically significant psychological distress and PTSD in the broader New York City metropolitan area, in the Washington, DC, area, and in the nation as a whole.