New Study Shows Continued Need for 9/11 Health Services
May 22, 2008
A new study by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine shows that Ground Zero rescue and recovery workers suffered from high rates of post-traumatic stress and other mental health conditions as many as five years after the 9/11 attacks.
About 11% of the workers – all patients at the Mount Sinai Consortium WTC Center of Excellence - met the criteria for probable post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Recent findings from the WTC Health Registry revealed similar rates of PTSD among rescue and recovery workers. PTSD affects 3% to 4% of the U.S. adult population.
The study also found that post-traumatic stress was significantly associated with disruption of family, work and social life and higher rates of behavioral symptoms in their children. Even in workers who did not show enough signs of PTSD, there were ample signs of stress and other psychological troubles.
Of the more than 10,000 workers who participated in the study, 17% had alcohol problems, 9% had depression and 5% had panic disorder.
The WTC Centers of Excellence at Mount Sinai and FDNY offer free physical and mental health care to rescue and recovery workers affected by 9/11. In addition, NYC residents and their family members may be eligible for the NYC 9/11 Benefit Program for Mental Health and Substance Use.