Study: Two Decades After Oklahoma Terrorist Bombing, Survivors Report More Depression, Anxiety Than Controls

Medscape (5/21, Jeffrey) reports that nearly two decades after the 1995 terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City, “survivors report more depression and anxiety than controls, and almost a quarter of them report symptoms that would meet criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),” according to research presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting. Researchers arrived at this conclusion after surveying “138 direct survivors of the bombing, more than 80% of whom had been injured by the blast,” then comparing “their responses…with those of 171 community members who were demographically similar but who were not directly or indirectly exposed.”

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