Atlanta—Mass terrorist attacks exact
a broader psychiatric toll than previously suspected. They spark symptoms
of clinical concern in a substantial proportion of the general population
as well as in individuals directly caught up in the events, new research shows.
The findings hold implications for public health planning and rapid
response to curb psychiatric fallout, according to speakers at a workshop
on managing distress and psychiatric disorder after terrorism at the annual
meeting of the American Psychiatric Association held here in May. The session
was held in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health.
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