Behavior: Earthquake Jitters

"She's afraid to go to sleep, and she wakes up every time the bed moves. Her eyes get huge, and she quivers and shakes. Sometimes she walks in her sleep." Los Angeles Housewife Emilia Harwood was describing her daughter Charisse, 8, the victim of a new ailment that in the past three weeks has hit both adults and children in Southern California: earthquake jitters. The psychological damage is widespread and has affected thousands; psychotherapists have had to treat at least 500 parents and children in hastily arranged free group sessions. Although some victims recover rapidly, others are expected to suffer for...

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