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Katrina's Mental Health Impact Lingers

Lynne Lamberg
JAMA. 2008;300(9):1011-1013. doi:10.1001/jama.300.9.1011.
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Washington, DC—Three years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the US Gulf Coast in August and September 2005, many survivors still struggle to move on with their lives. Psychiatrists and other clinicians, hospitals, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, schools, and community groups are working to help adults and children with persistent mental health problems. They also seek to restore and strengthen mental health services and boost preparedness for future disasters.

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Treatment of survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita who have persistent mental health problems is hampered by shortages of mental health professionals and facilities.



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