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Medical News and Perspectives
February 9, 2005

Mental Trauma Lingers in Tsunami’s Wake

JAMA. 2005;293(6):663-664. doi:10.1001/jama.293.6.663

While the disastrous loss of life, homes, and livelihoods has left many survivors in South Asia grieving and destitute in the months following the December tsunami, the psychological impact will last for many years to come. Organizations from around the globe have sent mental health experts and volunteers to provide psychosocial health services for individuals dealing with emotional trauma in the wake of the tsunami, although the road to recovery remains uncertain.

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