FRIDAY, Sept. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half of all the U.S. adults who experienced physical or psychological problems in the months following the 9/11 terrorist attacks still struggle with feelings of fear and anxiety 10 years later, a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found.
The most common lingering concerns are worry about family and friends, reported by 24 percent of those still affected, and anxiety, by 13 percent. Twelve percent said the disaster has caused them to "lose hope" about the future.
In addition, 19 percent of all those polled reported they now have a fear of flying. That percentage increased at least 4 points for those who were in, or had family or friends in, New York City or Washington, D.C., when the hijacked planes hit on Sept. 11, 2001.
"People are still struggling with this, and it seems to have impacted more fragile people and those more directly affected by the attacks," said Alan Hilfer, director of psychology at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City.
And, while continued stress is normal after any catastrophe, Hilfer said, "I know people who are still afraid to cross bridges and get on airplanes."
Overall, 46 percent of those who experienced any effects following the 9/11 attacks said they still had lingering effects.
But 9 percent of all the approximately 2,200 people polled admitted they feel anxious in big cities or crowded venues, 18 percent said they want revenge against terrorists, and 14 percent said they feel "nervous" when they see people dressed in traditional Muslim attire.
Two-thirds of all those polled said they had taken action as a result of 9/11: 47 percent said they now try to appreciate life more, and 34 percent reported spending more time with family and friends.
And while only 10 percent said they turn more often to their church or place of worship, 21 percent said
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