The Boston Globe (4/19, Kotz) “Daily Dose” blog reports that in Boston, “sleeping difficulties have been one of the most common health complaints since the attack, according to local hospital physicians.” The blog adds, “Sleep specialists say that insomnia and nightmares are normal within the first several days after such a traumatic event, and many people may be making problems worse by self-medicating with alcohol, cigarettes, and caffeine.”
Psychological Aftershocks Of Bombings May Last For Weeks. In continuing coverage, the AP (4/19, Neergaard) reports that “psychological aftershocks are the often invisible wounds of disaster. Most affected are the injured and those closest to the blasts. But even people with no physical injuries and…who weren’t nearby can feel the emotional impact for weeks as they struggle to regain a sense of security.” Only a few people may go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, however, and those who are at higher “risk for lingering psychological effects are people who’ve previously been exposed to trauma, whether it’s on the battlefield or from a car crash or a hurricane.”
— “Sleep problems plaguing many in Boston after marathon bombing, “Deborah Kotz, The Boston Globe, April 18, 2013.