APA Feature: The threat of nuclear war

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Psychologists say more of their patients fear a catastrophic conflict between the United States and North Korea

WSPA member Laura Brown, Ph.D., was quoted in the following article from the APA Monitor, written by Jeremy Lybarger.


On Jan. 13, Hawai’ians received a terrifying text: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawai’i. Seek immediate shelter. This is not a drill.” The alert was triggered accidentally, but chaos reigned for nearly 38 minutes until a correction was issued. The state’s governor later reported that ­children sought refuge in manholes, stores closed and denied shelter to terrified customers and cars drove at high speed. Three days later, Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, mistakenly sent a similar alert warning that North Korea had just fired a missile. A correction was issued in five minutes.

The mishaps further intensified the anxiety of many Americans who were already alarmed by the elevated tensions between the United States and North Korea.

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