The survey, commissioned by The Infinite Mind public radio series and the American Psychological Association, also finds that people living in the New York area and people who have experienced past traumatic events are more likely than others to be showing signs of mental health problems five months after the attacks.
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research conducted the survey of 1,900 Americans from January 30th to February 2, 2002. The results are featured on an upcoming two-hour radio special of The Infinite Mind, entitled "State of Mind: America 2002," which will begin airing this week across the country.
Among the findings:
Nearly one in four Americans (24 percent) report feeling more depressed or anxious today than at other times in their life.
And while most of these Americans attribute their feelings of depression or anxiety to personal trauma or financial woes, 16 percent say their depressed or anxious mood is a direct result of September 11th. In real terms, there are about 8 million Americans who report they are feeling depressed or anxious because of the attacks on New York and Washington
The survey finds that the impact of September 11th is not limited to those areas directly hit in the attacks 40 percent of Americans say that they were seriously affected by the terrorist attacks on a personal level.
The survey also shows that many Americans are bouncing back from the trauma:
Eighty-one percent of Americans agree that in the aftermath of September 11th that they are trying to look beyond setbacks in their lives and move on.
And only 21 percent of Americans say that they are worried that a member of their family will become a victim of a terrorist attack down significantly from these worries in the immediate aftermath... [continues]
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