posttraumatic stress

Kids Who Lost Parent On 9/11 Suffer

Source: http://www.nypress.com/blogx/display_blog.cfm?bid=69834276

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Kids Who Lost Parent On 9/11 Suffer

A study released yesterday showed that three-quarters of children who lost a parent on 9/11 suffered from psychiatric illnesses after the attacks, including anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress and depression. Shocking, I know. Researchers at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center monitored 45 kids (average age of nine) who had lost a parent for two years following the attacks. Before 9/11, only one-third of them had mental health problems. They were compared to 34 children who had not lost a parent, and the number of psychiatric problems suffered by the former group more than doubled after the attacks. Findings also revealed that children who lost a parent are 10 times as likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder than those who did not.