The psychological and psychiatric effects of terrorism: lessons from London

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The 7 July 2005 bombings in London caused heightened levels of distress among some in the general community. This distress was most notable in Muslims and members of ethnic minority groups. These effects were transient for most. An estimated 30% of those who were more affected by the attacks, including victims and witnesses, developed psychiatric disorders as a result. An outreach program was set up to screen those who were exposed to potentially traumatic events and to offer them evidence-based treatment. This article discusses what lessons might be learned from studies of the general community and the screen-and-treat approach.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberN/A
Pages (from-to)339-350
Number of pages12
JournalThe Psychiatric clinics of North America
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Bombs
  • Child
  • Communication
  • Disaster Planning
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Family
  • Government Programs
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • London
  • Mass Screening
  • Resilience, Psychological
  • Social Support
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Terrorism
  • Time Factors


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