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How to Cope With Anxiety During Terror Threats
The New York Times

The headlines this week are reminding psychologists of the anxiety and fear that followed the Sept. 11 attacks.

Suicide bombers and shootings in Paris. Attacks in Beirut and Nigeria. Threatening videos and public officials holding news conferences. Diverted planes. Suspicious packages. Lockdowns on campuses and fears of mass shooters.

“We will not be intimidated, and we will not live in fear,” William J. Bratton, the New York police commissioner, said Wednesday in response to an Islamic State propaganda video.

The point of terrorism is to terrify, public officials often say in these situations, so the best reaction is to go about your lives.

But what if you’re still anxious?