Expert Available – Psychological Effects of Bin Laden Death

May 4, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The death of Osama Bin Laden, while viewed by many around the world as a very positive event, may rejuvenate painful memories and emotions that people experienced almost ten years ago.

While news stories are focusing on the government mission and the death of Bin Laden, many people are experiencing resurfaced anxiety or, in extreme cases, PTSD, stemming from the attacks 10 years ago and are looking for ways to cope.

Articles that would appeal to readers include:

  • How psychological effects of 9/11 may resurface during times like this
  • Tips for coping with stress and anxiety as you are reminded of the 9/11 attacks
  • How “forgotten” emotions resurface and how to manage them

Expert Source: Dr. David Solly, professor of psychology at the University of the Rockies can speak to this topic. Sample quote: “The brain often works in such a way to retrieve stored emotions, many long since ‘forgotten.’ This is especially true for those events that carried particularly strong emotional reactions – both positive and negative. It is very possible that those who suffered trauma and experienced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of the events of 9/11 may again experience some of the same symptoms and emotions. For those who experience severe symptoms, it is very important to seek professional help.”

Tips to cope with the resurfacing of 9/11-related stress and anxiety:

Tips For Coping With Stress and Anxiety

  • Focus on the positive aspects of the current situation. (Osama Bin Laden is gone. The mastermind of the terrorist plots is no longer around to organize and lead evil acts.)
  • Take time to engage in activities that one enjoys, taking the mind away from news stories and events that create anxiety.
  • Seek professional help from a mental health specialist if one feels that they are not able to cope with their feelings, stress, or anxiety.

About Dr. David Solly

Dr. Solly is a core faculty member within University of the Rockies’ School of Professional Psychology. He is widely published in the areas of career development, employee selection, and workplace issues, and has served as a consultant to a vast array of organizations in human capital management, leadership development, individual/executive coaching and performance enhancement. Dr. Solly specializes in industrial-organizational psychology, career consulting, and human growth and development.

Interviews with Dr. Solly can be arranged by contacting Shari Rodriguez at shari.rodriguez@rockies.edu or by calling 866-621-0124 x2513.

Contact: Shari Rodriguez, Associate Vice President of Public Relations
858.513.9240 x2513 * shari.rodriguez@rockies.edu

SOURCE University of the Rockies

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