Health Concerns in Haiti: Infectious Disease and Mental Health Perspective – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. The impact of a natural disaster like the earthquake in Haiti is not always immediate. Dr. Thomas Insel at National Institute of Mental Health explains.
Dr. Insel: As time goes on, we worry more and more about the mental health consequences of any sort of trauma like that, and that includes, here, the people who have experienced massive loss, sometimes are at this point experiencing tremendous fear because of the unknown, the inability to plan, and for many people the sense of helplessness, which we know is a real set-up for problems that come later.
Narrator: He says one problem can be post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. For more information on mental health issues, visit www.nimh.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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