Steve Buscemi Has PTSD from Volunteering to Help on 9/11

Back in the ’80s, before he made it big, Steve Buscemi was a New York City firefighter.  So when the 9/11 attacks happened, he rushed back to his old unit to volunteer.

And on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, he said he still suffers from PTSD.  “I was only there for like five days, but when I stopped going and tried to just live my life again, it was really, really hard.”

He went on to say, “I was depressed, I was anxious, I couldn’t make a simple decision.  All those things. It’s still with me.  There are times when I talk about 9/11 and I’m right back there.  I start to get choked up and I realize, ah, this is still a big part of me.”

Luckily, he didn’t suffer any physical health issues, but in a new essay in “Time” magazine, he talked about those who did.  “‘Never forget,’ everyone said.  Some people have no choice.  Never forget, because people are still struggling.  People are still dying.”

(You can check out the podcast here, but warning, it contains profanity.)