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Trauma Expert Yuval Neria Comments to NYTimes on Effects of Terror Trial on NYers

November 17, 2009

Forty percent of New Yorkers believe the trial of accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed makes an attack on the city more likely, according to a new poll, while security experts say it is already the top target in America.

The planned trial of Mohammed and four accused accomplices has stoked debate in the city where nearly 3,000 people died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center....

As many as 7 percent of New Yorkers have some form of post-traumatic stress disorder because of the September 11 attacks, said Yuval Neria, director of the Trauma and PTSD Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia University. And while the trial could be cathartic for some, "for others, it will be brutally painful," Neria said.

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