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Medical Screenings as a Trigger for PTSD in Public Safety Workers


Address for correspondence: Thomas Demaria, Ph.D., South Nassau Communities Hospital, One Healthy Way, Oceanside New York 11572. Voice: 516-546-1821; fax: 516-546-1028.


Abstract: Emotional distress appears to be a component of the medical screening process for 9/11 Public Safety Workers. A significant number of Public Safety Workers have found the anticipation of the medical examination process and actual examination to trigger reexperiencing and problems of emotional regulation. Selective Case examples are presented to illustrate how Public Safety Workers might be better prepared for this process.