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coverage had the heaviest load of post traumatic stress symptoms, such as intrusive thoughts, nightmares, anxiety triggered by cues associated with the incident and physical symptoms including sleep troubles and headaches.
The notion remains controversial, but new research suggests that PTSD might indeed be transmitted over the airwaves. The study finds that those who spent more than six hours a day watching media coverage of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath suffered more powerful stress reactions than did people who were directly involved but watched less news coverage of the events.
Direct exposure to the bombings having been there or being in a close relationship with someone who was affected was a strong predictor of ongoing stress reactions. Another strong predictor was direct exposure to the events of Sept. 11 or the Dec. 14, 201,2 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (but not to Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the Nike Hyperdunk Mens Basketball Shoes For Sale
"People who are most distressed in the aftermath of such an event are probably more likely to engage media coverage as a way of coping with the experience," they wrote. "Although this may be beneficial initially, over time the repeated media based reexposures may contribute to a self perpetuating cycle of distress.".
Post traumatic stress disorder has been on psychiatry's books for just 23 years, and before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, no one ever entertained the possibility that watching disturbing images of trauma on TV could give rise to the disorder.
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roughly 4.5% of respondents were reporting symptoms that met the psychiatric criteria for "high acute stress." After the researchers adjusted for the effects Nike Dunk High Boot of direct exposure to a trauma and for exposure to past community trauma, they found that respondents with a prior history of mental health problems and those who had watched six or more hours of daily media coverage of the events surrounding the bombings were most likely to report high acute stress symptoms.
The heavy sampling of New Yorkers allowed researchers to test what impact exposure to a past community trauma would have on media consumers of Boston bombing coverage.
But the single factor that most strongly predicted high stress reactions was having watched six or more hours a day of media coverage of the bombings and their aftermath. Intensive viewing of such media coverage could not only sustain trauma reactions after they should begin to abate; it could "unintentionally spread negative impacts beyond the directly exposed area," they warned. But they pointed to their own findings of post traumatic stress after Sept. 11: that three years after those terrorist attacks, those who reported watching the most Sept. 11 Foamposite Galaxy On Feet
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