Psychiatry and terrorism: The profession's role in disaster response planning

O. Lee McCabe, George S. Everly, Michael J. Kaminsky, Everett R. Siegel, Michael C. Heitt

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While America wages the "war" on terrorism and endeavors to protect the physical safety of its citizens, it is imperative to plan for the population's mental health needs in future terrorist/disaster scenarios. The importance of psychiatry's potential role in preparing the community for the psychological impact of terrorism is underscored against the historical backdrop of the field being "carved out" from the organization, delivery, and financing of health services in our society. A practical framework is offered for designing an organization's mental health disaster plan, including recommendations for strategic infrastructure and tactical response capabilities. Finally, the unique features of clinical practice with disaster victims are noted, including intra-clinician conflicts between professional/community interests and personal/family obligations during acute disaster events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-204
Number of pages8
JournalInternational journal of emergency mental health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004


  • Disaster planning
  • Disaster psychiatry
  • Disaster response
  • Terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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