Psychiatry and terrorism

Frederick J. Stoddard, Joel Gold, Schuyler W. Henderson, Joseph P. Merlino, Ann Norwood, Jerrold M. Post, Stephen Shanfield, Stevan Weine, Craig L. Katz

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Abstract

Terrorism has dominated the domestic and international landscape since 9/11. Like other fields, psychiatry was not well prepared. With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attack approaching, it is timely to consider what can be done to prepare before the next event. Much has been learned to provide knowledge and resources. The roles of psychiatrists are challenged by what is known of the causes of, consequences of, and responses to terrorism. Reflecting on knowledge from before and since 9/11 introduces concepts, how individuals become terrorists, how to evaluate the psychiatric and behavioral effects of terrorism, and how to expand treatments, behavioral health interventions, public policy initiatives, and other responses for its victims. New research, clinical approaches, and policy perspectives inform strategies to reduce fear and cope with the aftermath. This article identifies the psychiatric training, skills and services, and ethical considerations necessary to prevent or reduce terrorism and its tragic consequences and to enhance resilience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-543
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Volume199
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

Keywords

  • 9/11
  • PTSD
  • disasters
  • mental health services
  • terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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