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Medical News and Perspectives
August 3, 2005

Terrorism Assails Nation’s Psyche

JAMA. 2005;294(5):544-546. doi:10.1001/jama.294.5.544

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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