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Cowboy Joe    Posted 09-17-2001 at 19:42:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
riding the subway today through the Wall St. station and near the WTC. I could still smell some smoke. There will be a memorial service for the police & firemen who lost their lives during the WTC debacle. The City is expecting over one million residents to attend the service in Manhattan's Central Park.

LazyHorse    Posted 09-18-2001 at 06:21:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are all still in our thoughts Cowboy Joe. How are your patients dealing with this tragedy? A doctor my wife works with was telling her yesterday that one of his patients who is a Viet Nam Vet started suffering from re-current PTSD, and the day after the terrorist attack he took his rifle went out to his cow pasture and shot all 21 of his cows. He then got on his backhoe and buried them all in a mass grave. The poor vet has been stable for many years, but this acto of violence triggered his anger. I just pray we don't see alot more similar incidents.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 09-18-2001 at 09:08:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
LH - Yes. A tragedy such as the WTC attack can re-awaken latent fears of previous horrific events from the past. The Vietnam victim of PTSD shows how an event like the WTC can trigger a response such as you described. During my anger management group last night I heard from clients who lost family members and friends in the attack.

Bama Red    Posted 09-18-2001 at 08:26:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
May God help calm your friend, LH. These times are going to get worse long before they get better. I hope he can get some help before he takes that gun to himself.

LazyHorse    Posted 09-18-2001 at 11:20:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cowboy Joe & Bama Red:
The thing that frightens me about incidents like this is a lot of folks have been diagnosed with PTSD and in the event they all get triggered by incidents like this, whats to stop them from shooting up people instead of cows?

Bama Red    Posted 09-18-2001 at 14:57:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Like Cowboy Joe, I don't have the answer, either. But I know from personal experience what PTSD can do. I wish the doctor's patient peace.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 09-18-2001 at 13:58:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good question. I'm not sure I have the answer.

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