Survivors’ near-miss experiences on 9/11 linked to post-traumatic stress

What Might Have Been: Near Miss Experiences and Adjustment to a Terrorist Attack, a new study out of the University at Buffalo finds that a “near miss” of trauma can still be damaging to mental health, reports Science Daily.

“There is a misfortune to being fortunate,” says Michael J. Poulin, of the University of Buffalo, who was the lead author of the new study recently published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.”You would think that having a near-miss experience is unequivocally good news….  Although obviously that’s far more preferable than having tragedy befall you, it turns out that merely being aware of that fact can be burdensome — and it’s particularly true when it’s vivid that others were not as fortunate.”

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