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The Chilean Miners and the Psychological Aftermath




Relatives of the trapped miners celebrate after one of the drills working to rescue the 33 finally reached their shelter in the San Jose mine, near Copiapo, Chile on October 9, 2010.
Relatives of the trapped miners celebrate after one of the drills working to rescue the 33 finally reached their shelter in the San Jose mine, near Copiapo, Chile on October 9, 2010.
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The 33 trapped miners in Chile are expected to reach the surface and be freed on Wednesday. One by one, they'll ascend the twisty route. After 20 minutes, they'll emerge to face the world after spending more than two months underground.

Greeting them will not only be friends and family, but at least 750 journalists who will be clamoring for interviews. Then the book deals and movie rights, personal appearances, and visits to presidential palaces begin.

Joining Madeleine to talk about the abrupt shift from being literally underground to becoming international heroes is UC San Francisco psychiatrist Nick Kanas.

He's studied the psychological stressors on astronauts living and working in space and is an expert on post traumatic stress disorder.