Post- Traumatic Stress Term Paper

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Fiorello was deeply disturbed with the thought of his wife being so near the place of the attack, and although his wife was able to get out of the area immediately before great damage had been done, the fact that his wife had been so close to death (and with him talking to her at that moment), Francesco Fiorello eventually suffered from a feeling of great fear and agitation when he is in public and overcrowded places. Evidently, Fiorello was one of the many individuals who suffered from the September 11 bombings, even though he hasn't witnessed it personally, and had no great injury or participation in the said event. Thus, the powerful, yet detrimental, effects of PTSD is apparent in Fiorello's case of experiencing psychological trauma after the terrorist attack, and this is displayed in a symptom observed in his behavior about PTSD, which is the constant occurrence of intrusive memories about the fateful event (Cowley 52). The second case discussed is an individual who showed signs of withdrawal from his family, and is a victim of the psychological trauma of the 1995 Oklahoma bombings. The said victim of PSTD had been directly involved with the said terrorist attack, being a member of the rescue team who helped people injured from the damage caused by the bombing, and also helped in retrieving the bodies of the victims of the attack. The rescue worker's memory of pulling out from the rubble a dead body of a baby had caused him severe stress and trauma that he started withdrawing away from his family. After proper psychological treatment, it was determined that the man's reason for withdrawal is that this sight of his young daughter reminds him of the traumatic sight of the dead baby, and after proper treatment, the worker was able to alleviate his stress and trauma regarding the terrorist incident (Cowley 52A).

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The last case regarding PTSD symptoms is an article written by Nancy Gibbs for the TIME magazine. Her article focused on the symptom of "hyper-vigilance," wherein an individual is characterized to experience panic and is always on alert about possible danger or unexpected events. Gibbs narrates how her own community had struggled from the psychological trauma they all experienced after the Sept. 11 bombings, and she comments that despite the people's ability to argue, and "vent their anger" about the terrorist attack, Gibbs reasons out that "there is so much of it...After the firs few weeks of quiet, the city's hotlines are blistered with calls... And no beds available in the psychiatric wards" (Gibbs 72). Apparently, fear, panic, agitation, and uncertainty had 'plagued' Gibbs' community regarding the WTC bombings, and Gibbs ends her essay by giving the resolution and suggestion that in these traumatic times, "it's better not to pretend where you're going. Better to listen to advice, argue with passion... And every time we fight the urge to panic and help someone else regain his balance, we may better arm ourselves for whatever these next days bring" (Gibbs 72). Thus, Gibbs provides us readers with an effective solution to at least confront, and then alleviate the trauma that the WTC bombings last September 11, 2001 has brought into our lives.

In conclusion, the psychological illness called post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, is the most severe and prevalent psychological effect that the American nation had experienced after the WTC bombings. From the cases mentioned in this paper, it is evident that people directly or indirectly involved with the incident had affected the well being of the people as they experienced PTSD as their 'response' to the terrorist attack.

Bibliography

Cowley, Geoffrey. "After the Trauma." 1 October 2001. Newsweek Magazine. p. 52-52B.

Gibbs, Nancy. "The Argument for… [END OF PREVIEW] . . . READ MORE

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