A Call for Your Reflections on 9/11

Professionally and personally, how have you reacted to and recovered from the tragic events on 9/11?

PSYCHIATRIC VIEWS ON THE DAILY NEWS

“Now that I say it, yeah, I didn’t. I didn’t get a chance to really digest 9/11.”

- Retired US Air Force Col. and nurse counselor, Donna Lake

Though it may seem that the media coverage of the 20th anniversary of 9/11/01 was more than sufficient, at least 1 crucial perspective seemed missing from all the personal reflections and testimonials. That missing link is us psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. We want to rectify that. In 100-1000 words, we would like you to describe how you, both professionally and personally, reacted to what happened on 9/11/01 and its aftermath. What did this mean to you, your loved ones, your patients, your profession?

Actually, this delay seems fine and appropriate for psychiatry, for as with our patients, it is best to hear and listen in depth before we respond, hopefully with new psychological insights or queries. Now is the right time to do so.

We are hoping for a robust response like we received a few years back in our groundbreaking publication of Self-Portraits of Psychiatrists. If you happen to be among those psychiatrists who were interviewed at Ground Zero by Psychiatric TimesTM after 9/11/01, we would especially love to have an invaluable update from you.

Please send your contributions to PTEditor@MMHGroup.com.

Dr Moffic is an award-winning psychiatrist who has specialized in the cultural and ethical aspects of psychiatry. A prolific writer and speaker, he received the one-time designation of Hero of Public Psychiatry from the Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association in 2002. He is an advocate for mental health issues relate to climate instability, burnout, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism for a better world. He serves on the Editorial Board of Psychiatric TimesTM.