Repeated Exposure to Images of 9/11 or Iraq May Be Harmful to Your Health

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Via ScienceDaily:

Repeated exposure to violent images from the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the Iraq War led to an increase in physical and psychological ailments in a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults, according to a new UC Irvine study.

The study sheds light on the lingering effects of “collective traumas” such as natural disasters, mass shootings and terrorist attacks. A steady diet of graphic media images may have long-lasting mental and physical health consequences, says study author Roxane Cohen Silver, UCI professor of psychology & social behavior, medicine and public health.

“I would not advocate restricting nor censoring war images for the psychological well-being of the public,” Silver said. “Instead, I think it’s important for people to be aware that there is no psychological benefit to repeated exposure to graphic images of horror.”

People who watched more than four hours a day of 9/11- and Iraq War-related television coverage (in the weeks after the attacks and at the start of the war) reported both acute and post-traumatic stress symptoms over time. Those who watched more than four hours a day of 9/11-related coverage in the weeks after the attacks reported physician-diagnosed physical health ailments two to three years later.

Seeing two particular kinds of images in the early days of the Iraq War was associated with post-traumatic stress symptoms over time: soldiers engaged in battle and dead U.S. and Allied soldiers.

The study included assessments of participants’ mental and physical health before the 9/11 attacks and information about their media exposure and acute stress responses immediately after the attacks and after the initiation of the Iraq War. Researchers conducted follow up assessments in the three years after 9/11.

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23 Comments on "Repeated Exposure to Images of 9/11 or Iraq May Be Harmful to Your Health"

  1. Banwhaling | Sep 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm |

    the only person that is harming is the Pacifist in me

  2. With Benny Hill/ “Yakety Sax” music~

  3. Love how they show an image of 9/11 while declaring them harmful to our health lol

  4. Deannalbx | Sep 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm |

    this is so stupid. obviously watching 4 hours of 9/11 footage a day isn’t going to make you feel happy. This is crack science it’s idiotic

  5. but they don’t get sick I guess from watching images of the tens or even a hundred thousand dead Iraqi and / or Afghan non-combatants.   Only from seeing images of US (or “allied”) soldiers in battle, or dead?   Hmm…strange, that.  

  6. That’s all fine and good but I wonder if repeated exposure to the WAR in these images is harmful to anyone’s health?? Hmmmm.

  7. Apathesis | Sep 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm |

    I have an ex who still can’t even DISCUSS the events of 9/11 because she gets so bent of out shape about it every year.

  8. when the 911 psyop went down I was living off the grid in Hawaii
    no TV, radio or internet, not even a newspaper
    within a few hours of it’s happening, I knew about it
    but I refused to watch the show, even though a neighbor had a TV
    when I would entered the grid, people tried to make me watch the show
    everyone was staring at their TV’s, even the old school hippies

    but don’t worry folks 911 wasn’t used as a psyop
    that’s just paranoid delusional speculation
    go back to sleep Amerika, your gov is in control

    • Sarah Hammond | Sep 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm |

      I love your blatant in-your-face truth. No fucking around, no filter, here it is. I would high five you but we’re on the Internets. And if we weren’t, I would ask you to share this joint with me 😉

  9. Hadrian999 | Sep 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm |

    iraq is a beautiful country, i honestly miss it

  10. What about the physical and psychological toll it takes on someone who realizes it was a false flag? If people can’t handle the images from 9/11 without feeling “physical and psychological ailments”. How do we ever expect them to cope with the truth about that day? 

    This study is just pointing out how weak-minded and manipulated people have become.    

    • Not necessarily. How do you know we wouldn’t be physically and psychologically healthier if 9/11 wasn’t a false flag?  Or if it hadn’t been used to gut the Bill of Rights?  Or if it never happened at all?  The fact that something is true in this brutal and disgusting universe of ours doesn’t mean that some sufficiently strong and self-righteous human mind can handle it without harm.  Everybody dies eventually.

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