The Effects of Disasters on Mental Health

Via Scoop.itHealthcare Continuing Education

Nearly everyone who experiences a traumatic event like a natural disaster will be affected psychologically in some way, mental health experts say. Symptoms can vary from sadness and difficulty sleeping to posttraumatic stress disorder. The severity and duration often depend on what an individual went through and lost.

Disaster planning tends to focus on responding to the immediate physical needs and injuries of victims. But experts say more must be done to address the mental health impact in the aftermath.
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