of the Ashes
As a resident of a NYC suburb--and as an American-I am still
reeling from the disasterous events of Tuesday morning. As a mother, my first
reaction was to collect my kids from school and buy groceries. I then checked
in on all my immediate family members -- miraculously, all were safe. I cannot
say the same for all of my friends and their loved ones. My heart goes out
to all of those affected, directly and indirectly. Words cannot express the
depth of loss we experienced as a nation this week.
While I mourn for those who have passed, I worry about those who have been
left behind. In a tragedy such as this, profound grief and sadness are normal
and understandable. However, we must be aware that there are many among us
who will need medical attention as a result. There is no disease that has a
more devastating impact than the impact of hatred. In addition to the physical
wounds suffered by many who were near the World Trade Center or the Pentagon,
stress, depression, anxiety disorders and post traumatic stress disorder will
affect many whether or not they were in the vicinity of the attack and
whether or not they knew anyone who was directly impacted.
If your sadness and grief are affecting your abilities to conduct your normal
activities of daily living, please consult your health care provider. For more
information on depression, click here. For more information on anxiety
disorders, click here. For more information on post traumatic stress
disorder, click here. For more information on sleep disturbances,
click here. For more information on headaches, click here. For
more information on how to talk with your children about this situation visit
I am heartened by the inspiring reports of the number of blood donors and all
other volunteers. Remember that the need for blood and all other donations
will be increased for the next several weeks. While there is great uncertainty
about how events will unfold over the short term, I have absolute certainty
that our nation will pull together as a united people to fight against the disease
of terrorism in our backyards and abroad.
Created: 9/15/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.