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APA Talks Hawaiian Missile Warning Incident

Dr. Susan Turner, Psychiatrist

A board-certified psychiatrist with more than 10 years of experience working with patients, Dr. Susan Turner operates a holistic private practice where she specializes in combining patient lifestyle changes along with pharmacological solutions. Active in her profession, Dr. Susan Turner is a member of the American Psychological Association.

In mid-January, residents and visitors of the Hawaiian Islands spent 38 minutes preparing for what they thought would be an incoming ballistic missile attack. That report turned out to be sent in error, but the psychological trauma that accompanies the thought of one’s life potentially being in danger doesn’t go away so quickly. That’s why the American Psychiatric Association is offering its help to those who have been negatively affected by the incident.
In her comments, APA President Anita Everett, MD, talked about the effect that such events can have on a person’s mental well-being, especially if post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is developed afterward. Dr. Everett urged those who think they may be experiencing any known PTSD symptoms to seek the services of a qualified mental health professional right away.

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