The Breivik militant attacks in Norway led to mental illness in Denmark

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Anders Breivik’s politically encouraged bombing of a Norwegian council building in Oslo and his successive electrocute of participants in a Norwegian Socialist Party’s girl stay on a island of Utøya on 22 Jul 2011 killed 77 immature people and adults. The militant attacks also had consequences in beside Denmark. Here a conflict was followed by a poignant boost in a series of Danes who were diagnosed with trauma- and stressor-related disorders such as PTSD.

This is demonstrated by a investigate plan conducted by Postdoc Bertel Teilfeldt Hansen and Professor (mso) Peter Thisted Dinesen, both from a Department of Political Science during a University of Copenhagen, in partnership with Associate Professor and medical alloy Søren Dinesen Østergaard from a Department of Clinical Medicine during Aarhus University. The formula of a investigate were recently published in a biography Epidemiology.

In a study, a researchers used information from a Danish Psychiatric Central Research Register, that contains information on all psychiatric diagnoses reserved during psychiatric hospitals in Denmark in a duration from 1995 to 2012. The formula of a analyses uncover a poignant boost in a series of Danes who were diagnosed with trauma- and stressor-related disorders in a duration following a apprehension conflict in Norway on 22 Jul 2011.

In a 18 months following a Breivik attacks, a series of Danes diagnosed with trauma- and stressor-related disorders increasing by 16% in propinquity to a approaching level, analogous to 2,736 additional cases.

“The celebrated boost in diagnoses of trauma- and stressor-related disorders, taken together with a fact that we do not see a identical boost during other times or in propinquity to other diagnoses, indicates that a attacks were indeed a underlying cause,” says Bertel Teilfeldt Hansen.

Greater impact than a 9/11 attacks

The researchers behind a investigate have formerly demonstrated that a militant attacks on Sep 11, 2001 in a United States had a identical outcome on a mental health of Danes. However, a series of people diagnosed with trauma- and stressor-related disorders following a 9/11 attacks usually increasing approximately 4 per cent in a duration following a attacks (as compared with 16% following a Breivik attacks), even yet a series of casualties was distant aloft in this conflict than in a Breivik attacks – roughly 3,000 people died in a 9/11 militant attacks.

“We celebrated a same kind of outcome in Denmark following 9/11, though a outcome of a Breivik attacks in Norway was 4 times as clever compared to that of 9/11. We can't know for certain what causes this difference, though a fact that Danes are closer to Norwegians – both in a geographical and a informative clarity – is substantially critical in that regard. People feasible felt that ‘this could usually as good have been us’ and that substantially amplified a disastrous outcome on mental health in Denmark,” explains Søren Dinesen Østergaard. 

Media coverage plays an critical role

How can Danes rise mental illness due to militant attacks that take place in another country? The media contingency indispensably play a pivotal purpose in this regard, as many people could usually learn about a attacks by mass media coverage, and not from personal experience. The investigate of a Breivik militant attacks supports this idea further. Just over a year after a attacks, as a justice box opposite Anders Breivik was greatly lonesome in a media, a new – nonetheless smaller – boost in a series of trauma- and stressor-related disorders was observed.

“It is utterly distinguished that we can observe a new boost in a series of trauma- and stressor-related disorders when a media covers topics associated to a Breivik militant attacks. This demonstrates that a media coverage is critical in this regard. However, either this believe should lead to a change in a media’s coverage of militant attacks is another matter, that involves a balancing of considerations over open health and carrying an sensitive public,” Peter Thisted Dinesen concludes.

Source: Aarhus University

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