It is estimated that up to 100,000 people were involved in the aftermath of the World Trade Centre terrorist attacks.

Of these it was estimated that 11% met criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, 9% for Depression, 5% for Panic Disorder and 62% for substantial stress reaction. Functional impairment in occupational, social and family life as well as alcohol problems was also found.

It is essential to consider the mental health of disaster workers and to implament early screening and treatment programs as quickly as possible.


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