HealthDay (9/14, Preidt) reports, “Even after the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma disappears, survivors could still suffer from mental stress caused by the massive storms, experts” contend. In a news release, crisis psychiatrist Carol North, MD, of the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, “outlined some coping techniques for people with short-term symptoms of mental stress after a disaster.”
Meanwhile, pediatric psychiatrist James Norcross, MD, also of the UT Southwestern Medical Center, “said that parents can help children recover after a natural disaster by remaining calm and reassuring” and by limiting “children’s exposure to news reports on television or social media.”
Meanwhile, Healio (9/14, Oldt) reports that James M. Shultz, MS, PhD, of the University of Miami School of Medicine, and Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, of Boston University, who together authored a viewpoint published online Sept. 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “explored how mental health consequences of Hurricane Harvey can be mitigated.”
— “Hurricanes’ Toll on Mental Health Will Linger,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, September 14, 2017.