Psychological burden after 11 September tragedy
- By: Kay Seong-Ngoo
There is a substantial psychological impact among the residents of Manhattan after the 11 September terrorist attack in New York, according to an evaluation of psychosomatic disorders by a team of epidemiologists. They found many cases of acute post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression after the unprecedented catastrophe. People directly exposed to the event are more likely to suffer from PTSD; victims with losses due to the tragedy are more vulnerable to ongoing depression.
About 3000 lives were lost, and many of those who survived lost relatives and property. The surveyors randomly contacted by telephone a sample of mixed adult population living south of 110th Street, Manhattan, and enquired about the residents' background, exposure to the tragedy, and their psychological symptoms five to eight weeks after the attack. Of a total of 1008 adults interviewed, 7.5% had symptoms consistent with PTSD and 9.7% are still clinically depressed. These translate as