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E. How to Deal with Post-9/11 Stress Disorders

Narrator: This is Science Today. Mental health workers are only now starting to see some long-term effects of the September 11th attacks. It's been estimated that there are about 70 thousand cases of post-traumatic stress disorder in Lower Manhattan alone. So what can be done for those diagnosed with the disorder? Frank Schoenfeld is the director of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco.

Schoenfeld: Psychotherapy's maybe the most common thing used now because there aren't too many people who are specialists in treating acute stress with cognitive behavioral approaches - spiritual counseling probably being a big one.

Narrator: The problem, Schoenfeld says, is that treatment programs for post-traumatic stress disorder are only loosely organized.

Schoenfeld: It's important to bring in expert knowledge and clinical skills at the appropriate time and there needs to be a network that I think is more tightly integrated than what we have now with FEMA and the Red Cross, the Department of Defense, the Veterans' Administration.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.