Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Long term stress of Hurricanes

From Reuters:
"Survivors of the1992 hurricane Andrew were not only impacted by the immediate consequences of the storm. New study findings show that the storm indirectly affected their mental well-being up to seven years afterwards.

The findings imply that the survivors of last year's hurricane Katrina, which had a greater economic and societal impact than hurricane Andrew, may need to be assessed and treated for mental health problems both now and in the future.

"If they are not treated for psychological stress, they might experience psychological problems for many years to come," study investigator David Russell, a doctoral student at Florida State University, told Reuters Health."

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