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The Aftermath Some believe that life hasnt changed since the terrorist attacks on our country After that day though not only our moral but also the mental health of America has been disturbed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder tears apart the mental health of many Americans Prior to the attacks these rates were high leading to increased depression and substance abuse Though mental disorders have been considerably high in recent years after the attacks on New Yorks skyscrapers anxiety disorders have risen as the leader of Americas mental disorders Before September 11 anxiety disorders were already the most common mental illness in America According to the National Institute of Mental Health NIMH 35 of the population suffers from some form of an anxiety disorder Women according to an abstract article by Sarah Glazer experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD twice as often as men do after an exposure to a shocking event People who suffer from PTSD feel that they are unable to control their emotions They often experience heart palpitations dizziness and extreme sweating Glazer wrote of a woman who was traveling shortly after the attacks A psychotherapist Arlene Gellman was stuck in a horribly long traffic jam in New Yorks Brooklyn-Battery tunnel She began to feel the symptoms and immediately recognized them as a panic attack directly related to PTSD She felt as if the walls were closing in on her and her breath shortened She had never been exposed to a traumatic event prior to September 11 and because of that day she now suffers from an anxiety disorder that may hinder every day life After the attacks the NIMH states that PTSD affects 52 million Americans This number is expected to rise with time Since women are more commonly affected by anxiety disorders mothers and wives are now expected to care for families and husbands while sweating and shaking Common illnesses that are associated with PTSD are depression and substance abuse If the
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