MAP Can Help: Recurring Thoughts of 9/11

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, an event that for many reminds them of the loss and tragedy that took place. It is not uncommon for the survivors of the attacks to experience post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

It is normal to feel afraid after experiencing a scary or dangerous event. Most people who experience traumatic events will recover on their own, but if these feelings don’t stop and continue when a person is not in danger, they may be experiencing PTSD.

It’s important to note that not everyone who has PTSD has been through a traumatic event. The disorder can be caused by the sudden death of a loved one, or something more dangerous. Symptoms can appear early, usually within the first 3 months after the event, but they can sometimes take several years to begin. Symptoms include flashbacks, bad dreams, avoiding places or events related to the event, and being easily startled.

No one is immune to PTSD, and it can happen to anyone at any age. It can be treated with medication or “talk” therapy. The Member Assistance Program (MAP) can help you take the first step towards treatment and find the method that’s right for you. All calls are confidential. Please call Jennifer Lipack at (516) 294-1338 Ext. 1304

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