Stress and PTSD in the Wake of Bombing (The Huffington Post)


Patricia Watson, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine, writes on The Huffington Post that the bombings at the Boston Marathon have had  psychological effects on both those directly involved and those who viewed events from afar.

A senior educational specialist for the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is affiliated with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Watson writes that “of all types of disasters, terrorism is correlated with higher rates of traumatic stress reactions across larger areas of the population, and for longer durations.”

“The scale, unpredictability, novelty, and high threat nature of terrorist attacks have a wide-ranging impact on perceived risk for being harmed in additional attacks,” she says.

Among suggestions for taking care of oneself in the aftermath of terrorist attacks, she writes, are “finding a way to honor losses,” and “proceeding with life’s necessities, which will help develop and maintain a continued engagement in life.”

Read the full story, published 4/20/13 by The Huffington Post.

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