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How stressful is air-traffic control? Very, but it's not unique

"We were making love and it was O.K., you know? And suddenly he stops and that's it, he can't go on. And I say, 'What's wrong?' And he tells me that he heard a plane flying over our house." That lament, from the wife of an air-traffic controller, sounds like a case for Sigmund Freud. But it is typical, says Clinical Psychologist Barry Beder of Detroit, of the emotional problems and other job-related disorders he has uncovered in counseling more than 300 controllers. He calls them...

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