December 5, 2007

Natural and Manmade Disasters and Mental Health

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia (Dr Satcher) and Commission on Social Determinants of Health (Dr Friel), Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (Drs Friel and Bell), University College London, London, England.

JAMA. 2007;298(21):2540-2542. doi:10.1001/jama.298.21.2540

Mental health is defined as the successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships, the ability to adapt to change, and successful coping with adversity.1 Among the findings reported in the US surgeon general's mental health report are that mental disorders are common but treatable and that stigmatization, poor material circumstances, and lack of access are major barriers to successful treatment of mental disorders.

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