Tomorrow is September 11th, 2014. It's so hard to believe that thirteen years have passed since the Twin Towers were attacked in New York City by terrorists. It would seem that our society has changed so dramatically since that awful event. Those of us, like myself, who were actually in New York, and actually witnessed a part or a portion of the event or its aftermath, have obviously been changed forever.
I have written about my experiences providing crisis intervention to individuals who were directly affected by the attacks. You may find a link to an article which I wrote and that was published in the journal "Traumatology" on the Home page of this website, for those of you who would like to read in greater detail about the events of that day and its impact upon me as a professional.
None of us as human beings are immune to the effects of trauma. For many children and adults, memories associated with traumatic events resurface on the anniversary of those events. Such events might include a number of different things, ranging from death of a grandparent or parent, to divorce, to illness/injury, witnessing domestic violence, to becoming homeless, or the suicide of a classmate. Strong emotions may come up for you or your child many years after the event; this is common. Emotional and behavioral disturbances that are pronounced and severe long after the event has passed, on the other hand, is not typical, and may indicate signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In these instances, professional mental health treatment is necessary. I have treated many youngsters who have had at least one significant trauma or multiple traumas.
I would like to conclude this posting with a prayer to remember all the souls who were lost on that terrible day, 9/11/01, including all the brave emergency personnel (firemen, policemen, etc.) who lost their lives trying to save others. May they all rest in peace, and may we all eventually come to know a world without such tragedies.