Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences


Are human made disasters different?

L. I. Sederera1 c1

a1 New York State Office of Mental Health, New York, USA

The author distinguishes natural from human made disasters, and identifies their traumatic effects. He stresses the impact on both individuals and communities. Lessons learned from the NYC World Trade Center bombings are offered. He concludes with a universal prescription for responding to disasters.

(Online publication November 07 2011)


c1 Address for correspondence: Dr Lloyd I. Sederer, Medical Director, New York State Office of Mental Health, 330 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Email: lloyd.sederer@omh.ny.gov)