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PTSD: Anniversary of the 911 attacks on the World Trade Center

Ground zero as it looks today. This scene brings bitter memories of the past.
Ground zero as it looks today. This scene brings bitter memories of the past.Mario Tama/Getty Images

The atrocities of the 911 attacks are but a bitter memory of the past; however, lingering emotional pain exists among those who still remember those events as if they happened yesterday. This lingering emotional pain can be a manifestation of an anxiety disorder known as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Symptoms of PTSD include recurring thoughts of the event, nightmares, and triggers – events that tend to be reminders of the event, such as pictures of the Twin Towers or stories in the news about terrorist bombings. Other symptoms include vigilance and trouble sleeping.

Physical symptoms can ensue, such as fearfulness, elevated breathing and heart rate, body aches, headaches, diarrhea, and various problems with daily functioning of life. Further symptoms can lead to displacement and depression.

The memories will always be there, but they can be dealt with on a daily basis through learning how to control the emotions. Many options are available for helping one to learn to live with the memories of 911 or any other type of difficult memories. Psychotherapy, medicine, and support groups are available for anyone who needs these resources. Equally effective for those who are willing to commit to a holistic approach is self-care whereby a victim of PTSD builds a strong relationship with friends and family, learns relaxation techniques, and engages in well-being enhancing exercise.

Below is a resource with a list of psychotherapists in Knoxville, Tennessee. There are Christian-oriented psychotherapists within the list as well. For instance, Mrs. Brandy Hall on North Concord Street specializes in anxiety or fears, loss or grief, and depression. She covers many different types of issues in a relaxed, Christian atmosphere.

References

Mental Health America
Psychology Today

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