The effects of the BP oil spill are sure to reach beyond the environment. Psychiatrists warned that the spill may have long-term psychological consequences on residents, mental health workers, and cleanup volunteers.
June 22, 2010-As a result of the BP tragedy 2 months ago, crude oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico-but its effects are sure to reach beyond the environment. In an Institute of Medicine forum in New Orleans on Tuesday, psychiatrists warned that the spill-already affecting the financial viability and physical health of local inhabitants-may have long-term psychological consequences on residents, mental health workers, cleanup volunteers, and others. Using Katrina as a reference point, community workers are scrambling to attend to the needs of local inhabitants in order to prevent psychological effects of a large-scale disaster. These can take the form of stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, domestic violence, posttraumatic stress, and even suicidal thoughts.
Details available at: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/OilSpillHealth/2010-JUN-22.aspx and
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