Medical News and Perspectives
October 5, 2005

Katrina’s Impact on Mental Health Likely to Last Years

JAMA. 2005;294(13):1599-1600. doi:10.1001/jama.294.13.1599

Last August, just a week before the Labor Day weekend, David Edward Post, MD, considered himself busy as medical director of the Capital Area Human Services District in Baton Rouge, La. Then Hurricane Katrina slammed the gulf coast with unprecedented fury, sending Post and legions of other mental health professionals to work around-the-clock shifts of triage and treatment for thousands of patients with stress, dissociative disorders, and other psychiatric conditions.

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