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Medical News & Perspectives
August 25, 2010

Memories of Katrina Continue to Hinder Mental Health Recovery in New Orleans

JAMA. 2010;304(8):841-843. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1193

When Lucy Lexapro paraded through Mardi Gras, Ben Springgate, MD, MPH, knew something had changed.

Springgate, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, had marshaled a citywide effort to help survivors cope with stress in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Revelers dressed as antidepressants were more than a sign of blowing off steam during the city's annual gala.