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4. If you are involved in a car chase, hijacking, explosion, volcanic eruption or alien invasion, you will not go into shock.

November 16, 2009

200px-2012_PosterHere are just a few of the popular disaster movies:200px-Armageddon-poster06 Avalanche (2001), Earthquake (1974), Armageddon (Involves meteors 1998), Deep Impact (More meteors 1998), 2012 (Tsunamis, earthquakes, the lot. 2009), Twister (tornadoes 1996), Backdraft (Fire. 1991) and Towering Inferno (They don’t make thunderous movie titles like that anymore. 1974)  

But what percentage of people involved in, say, an explosion suffer from SHOCK! There are many statistics about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) available. In one excellent study (The National Centre for PTSD Journal

http://www.hawaii.edu/hivandaids/Pubs/National_Center_for_PTSD_Clin/National%20Center%20for%20PTSD%20Research%20Quarterly%20Spring%201992.pdf  )

involving an explosion in a paint factory in Norway (1976), the 246 employees were ranked for their exposure to shock as follows:. 200px-Twistermovieposter

A. 66 Narrow escape

B. 59 Involved but not in danger

C. 121 Not present on the day.

200px-Deep_Impact_poster 80% Group A suffered shock and PTSD. Both Groups A & B showed symptoms of PTSD 7 months later. If, say, a plane crashed into your school and your class survived with minor injuries calculate  how many students in your maths class would go into SHOCK and how many would be left to take action using the above statistics.

NOTE: Many schools in Australia today not only practise fire drills but terrorist attack lockdowns.

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