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After 9/11: One Girl’s Journey through Darkness to a New Beginning

Featured Guest: Helaina Hovitz is an editor, writer, content strategist, speaker, and author of the memoir After 9/11. She has written for and worked with 50 publications including The New York Times, Salon, Glamour, Reader’s Digest, Forbes, Women’s Health, Newsweek, The Fix, and Teen Vogue. She is a mental health advocate, nonprofit enthusiast, rescue dog lover and, at 28, has dined at approximately 50 million billion restaurants. Helaina talks with Dr. Huber about about mental health issues affecting people this month and all year long.



Helaina Hovitz was 12-years-old and in middle school three blocks from the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Her memoir encapsulates the journey of a girl growing up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after living through the events of 9/11 firsthand, chronicling its effects on a young girl at the outset of adolescence and following her as she spirals into addiction and rebellion, through loss, chaos, and confusion.

Anyone who has survived a horrific event knows that just because a body remains in motion does not mean everything will simply “go back to normal.” The chemistry of the brain and the body changes, impacting our relationships, our choices, and how we experience the world around us. Yet, we rarely find out what actually happens to people as they try to move on from a life-threatening experience—especially children, who are just beginning to develop an understanding of the world around them.


anxiety, clinical forensic psychologist, depression, Dr. John Huber, Forensic Psychology, Kristin Sunanta Walker, life change, mental health, mental health perspectives, mental illness, positive change, psychology, psychology headlines, Ryan McCormick, social issues, substance abuse, Substance Use Disorder

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