Rowan psychologist: Expressing fears is important

Rowan psychologist: Expressing fears is important

By BARBARA GREEN, Staff Writer

Since Tuesday's attacks, some people have spent hours, eyes glued to the television
screen, watching unfathomable images of death and tragedy replay.

Some have had trouble sleeping, eating, concentrating, being happy.

Others may be hesitant to go to work, use public transportation, to enter a tall building.

Whether they realize it or not, between 25 and 60 percent of Americans may be going
through non-clinical ''soft'' post traumatic stress disorder, Rowan University professor and
clinical psychologist Dr. Z. Benjamin Blanding said.

''I'm afraid to estimate how many people (may have symptoms) because this has been so
profound,'' he said. ''Soft post traumatic stress symptoms are not as acute, but just as
profound. Crisis intervention literally begins to mitigate some of these symptoms before
they get profound. That's why it's so important to have counselors on the scene early.''

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Date Published: Thursday, September 20, 2001 - 15:07