Anniversaries can raise unresolved feelings and worries, and pediatricians need to be prepared to deal with the psychological effects Sept. 11, 2002, may have on children, said David Schonfeld, M.D., FAAP, a member of the AAP Task Force on Terrorism.
“The anniversary will bring a resurgence of some concerns, and we need to be sensitive [to that],” said Dr. Schonfeld.
As the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks nears, pediatricians should ask how children and families are coping and, if necessary, offer resources for supportive care. Doctors also should be aware that certain physical symptoms children complain about may be in part or wholly due to psychological issues and, therefore, could be stress-related.
Dr. Schonfeld adds that an anniversary also can raise concerns about ongoing issues in a child’s life, possibly unrelated to the attacks. For a child with a parent battling cancer, the reminder that many people died a...