Shadows of Trauma: Las Vegas Mass Shooting's Lingering Mental Health Toll

Shadows of Trauma: Las Vegas Mass Shooting's Lingering Mental Health Toll
Shadows of Trauma: Las Vegas Mass Shooting's Lingering Mental Health Toll

The Enduring Psychological Toll of the Las Vegas Mass Shooting

In October 2017, the devastating mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas left a lasting impact on its survivors and witnesses. A recent study published in JAMA Network Open revealed that four years after the tragedy, a significant number of those affected continue to suffer from severe mental health issues.

Nearly half (49.2%) of concertgoers surveyed experienced major depressive episodes in the past year, while over 63% (63.3%) faced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These rates are significantly higher than those typically found in the general population.

Physical injuries sustained during the incident greatly increased the likelihood of developing both depression and PTSD. Participants who were physically inju

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