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Medical News & Perspectives
August 20, 2008

PTSD Prevalence Still High for Persons Living Near World Trade Center Attacks

JAMA. 2008;300(7):779. doi:10.1001/jama.300.7.779

The continuing effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, are providing researchers new insights into the course of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The latest discovery comes from investigators associated with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, who found that Manhattan residents living near the World Trade Center towers are vulnerable to PTSD years after the buildings collapsed. Their findings were released on June 13 (DiGrande L et al. J Trauma Stress. 2008;21[3]:264-273).