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Austin Sarat, Nadav Davidovitch, and Michal Alberstein

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804754057

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804754057.001.0001

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder of the Virtual Kind

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder of the Virtual Kind

Trauma and Resilience in Post-9/11 America

(p.21) Chapter 2 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder of the Virtual Kind
Trauma and Memory

Allan Young

Stanford University Press

This chapter reviews an evolution in the construction of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the 9/11 attacks in the United States. It covers the epidemiology of post-9/11 PTSD and the emergence of a novel variation, “PTSD of the virtual kind.” In addition, the efforts to conceptualize resilience and to attract financial and institutional support for assessing and promoting resilience are explored. PTSD has an inner logic—a memory logic that is specific to PTSD and an evolutionary logic that is shared with other anxiety disorders. It is observed that the 9/11 events displayed continuing anxiety, and justified a program of political and military responses—the “War on Terrorism.” PTSD of the virtual kind is a historical development of a “form of life” that began to form towards the end of the nineteenth century and that has been progressively revised in connection with episodes of world historical violence.

Keywords:   posttraumatic stress disorder, 9/11 attacks, United States, resilience, memory logic, evolutionary logic, War on Terrorism, anxiety

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