Many of those studies have concentrated on rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among disaster survivors, but PTSD is not the only psychological effect of trauma. There were also significant rates of depression (about 10 percent) among exposed populations in New York after September 11, although that finding received less attention than those about PTSD. “Knowing what to expect from disaster—how much depression, PTSD, cardiovascular disease, cancer—is important for thinking about and planning for the next disaster,” said Galea.
To learn more about disaster mental health research and disaster preparedness, see Psychiatric News at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/19/6.1.full and
And for an in-depth review of disaster mental health issues, see American Psychiatric Publishing's Disaster Psychiatry: Readiness, Evaluation, and Treatment at www.appi.org/SearchCenter/Pages/SearchDetail.aspx?ItemId=7217.
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