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VIDEO: “Mental Health Concerns from the Gulf Oil Spill”

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Earlier this month we wrote about the oil spill’s impact on mental health:

“Now, as the oil spill fiasco in the gulf continues with no end in sight, the psychological damage to Gulf residents is beginning to outweigh the toll taken on the land.”

Thanks to Facebook, I came across a great video today from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that discusses the “Mental Health Concerns from the Gulf Oil Spill.”

There’s “an entire region struggling emotionally from the stress and uncertainty of this tragedy,” wrote Louisiana Congressman Charlie Melancon.

“One of the tragedies that we have seen over and over again after large scale disasters, is really a spiraling downward of people who were, maybe, managing to keep their lives together, to keep their emotions and behaviors under control, but with some additional stress and some added disorganization in their community — really became quite disabled by their anxiety, depression and psychosis,” said Dr. Farris Tuma of the NIMH.

Check out the video below to learn which “action steps” Dr. Tuma suggests Gulf Coast victims take to battle this additional stress:

CLICK HERE to view the video.


Written by traumalines

July 29, 2010 at 6:36 pm

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