Terrorism, History of

Psychological and physical traumas serve as regular companions of terrorism. Recent developments demonstrate that the fear of terrorism or possible attack can result in psychological trauma. Furthermore, terrorism can produce risk factors associated with the development of traumatic stress disorders. This is especially the case for those who personally witness or survive acts of terrorism. Some individuals are comparatively resilient, but others are more vulnerable to posttraumatic stress.

The psychological consequences of terrorism have intensified because of intense media coverage and Internet website postings focusing on acts of terror. Some Internet sites are particularly gruesome and graphic, including unedited photos and actual video and audio accompanying beheadings and other atrocities and acts of torture. Moreover, postings may create additional anxiety, fear, and trauma when they suggest ...

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