Everyday Health - Psychological Fallout of Kidnapping Ordeal – George Vernadakis

New York, NY
 – May 8, 2013  –– 

When Amanda Berry called 911, reporting that she was finally free after being held for ten years in a house on the west side of Cleveland, she ended the ordeal that she and two other women, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight, had been living with. While that part of their saga is over, another one is just beginning — the ordeal of trying to return to a normal life after a decade of horror. “Normal is relative, and while the girls will be physically free at this point, being emotionally free is much more complex and will take much longer,” said Celia Blumenthal, MD, assistant clinical professor psychiatry at The Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.
- Dr. Celia Blumenthal, Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, The Mount Sinai Medical Center
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