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Is Trump Triggering PTSD in 9/11 Survivors?

"We have a man holding the most defective moral compass I’ve seen in my lifetime leading our free world."

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: New York City firefighters walk near the area known as Ground Zero after the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001 in New York City.
Photo Credit: Anthony Correia /

Sixteen years ago today, on September 11, 2001, I was a middle-schooler three blocks from the World Trade Center, and my experience of living in a war zone, caused me to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, something I’ve written about for Newsweek before. It was a diagnosis that took years to get after misdiagnoses and failed attempts…

Helaina Hovitz is an editor, writer, and author of the memoir After 9/11. She has written for The New York Times, Salon, Glamour, Forbes, Women's Health, Teen Vogue and many others. She is currently The Editor of Content Collaborations at Upworthy/GOOD.

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