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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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I think you'll find that most people with PTSD will find it not only a joke, but a bit insulting, given what they went through to cause PTSD.
The authors acknowledged their findings do not demonstrate a cause-and-effect relationship between intensive consumption of media coverage of a trauma and PTSD.
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.