Time US, dated Thursday September 08, 2011, has an article with the above title looking back at the 9/11 Twin Towers attack, and assesses in retrospect the resilience what was learned. The article concludes that “the largest lesson for the mental health field is that when disaster strikes, practitioners should not get in the way of natural coping. Instead of trying to provide services to the entire population, they should, after a month or so, target the people who might need it the most and then tailor their approaches, taking individual and cultural differences into account.”
The fascinating article reports that only about 15% of the World Trade Centre evacuees suffered from post dramatic stress disorder and needed psychological help. The rest of the people who went through the most harrowing experiences were resilient and have carried on coping without seeking the help of a medical health professional.
The full article is available here