Anthrax Victims Suffering Long After Attacks
2001 Anthrax Attacks Have Lasting Physical, Psychological Impact
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Reissman says the findings suggest that the psychological
impact of the bioterrorist attacks may deserve more attention from health care
providers rather than just the immediate physical effects.
"In the follow-up of these kinds of events," says
Reissman, "It's very, very important for us to be including the functional,
psychological, and behavioral response to them as a standard practice."
But Reissman says the study also suggests there is something
that health care providers can do to lessen the impact of bioterrorist attacks.
Potential interventions may include medications for specific PTSD-related
symptoms as well as psychotherapy.
"There is a lot of good hope in terms of intervening with
these individuals and returning them to a good quality of life," says