Sept. 11 Attacks Increased Kids’ Predisposition
to Psychiatric Disorders
Nearly one-third of New York City children in 4th through 12th grades had one or more of
six anxiety or depressive disorders during the six months after the 2001 terrorist attacks
on the World Trade Center. These illnesses have made them more prone to psychiatric
disorders later in life, said Columbia University Medical Center and New York State
Psychiatric Institute researchers earlier this year.
Psychiatrists Approve Statement in Support of Gay Marriage
The American Psychiatric Association approved a statement in support
of gay marriage earlier this year at its annual conference in Atlanta.
Marriage promotes a "positive
influence of a stable, adult partnership on the health of all family members," according
PTSD Rate Unexpectedly Low Among Wounded Soldiers
Soldiers who were wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are no more likely
to develop posttraumatic stress disorder within a few months of returning
home than soldiers who were
not wounded, a Uniformed Services University Health Sciences study released earlier
this year indicates. The unexpected, relatively low PTSD rate may be due
in part to
misdiagnosis and to wounded soldiers' lack of the realization of the seriousness
injuries, which will become apparent in time.
Violent Deaths More Likely for Teens in the Juvenile Justice System
Young people who enter the juvenile justice system are four times more likely
experience early violent deaths than teens not involved in the system, a study
journal Pediatrics indicates.