Learning from 9/11 and the long reach of disaster | The Boston Globe

For millions of people, Sept. 11, 2001, was the first mass disaster experienced in real time. Many who watched the event unfold on television can still remember with great clarity, as the 15th anniversary approaches, where they were, and how they felt, on that terrible day.

I was in New York City on 9/11, just starting my career as an epidemiologist. Along with countless other New Yorkers, I watched with horror as the World Trade Center towers collapsed. Stunned by the destruction, our research team quickly became concerned with the potential long-term mental health consequences of the attacks.

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