chapter  47
6 Pages

Terrorism

WithSimon Dein

Acts of terrorism tragically have been commonplace in the past two decades. Stoddard and colleagues (2011) aptly point out that terrorism has dominated the domestic and international landscape since September 11, 2001 ( commonly called “9/11”).1 These terrorist acts significantly affect human lives and psychological well-being: “The mental health and behavioral health consequences of terrorism will be the most significant, long-term, and most costly effects of a terrorist attack,” far more than injuries or deaths.2 Thus the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of the victims of terrorism are great challenges for mental health professionals in the twenty-first century.