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08/24/2010 02:14 AM ID: 85197 Permalink   

Depression and Anxiety Rampant Among Children Displaced by Katrina

 

Five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, more than 30% of children displaced by the disaster have been diagnosed with mental health problems including anxiety and depression--twice the national average.

A report published Monday in the journal ┬┤Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness┬┤ revealed that nearly half of all families forced to flee their homes during the hurricane still report household instability.

500,000 people including 160,000 children were unable to return to their homes for 3 months after Katrina. At least 20,000 of those children have emotional disorders, behavior problems or no permanent home.

 
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  5 Comments
  
  I apologize for the severe lack of punctuation...  
 
Man, I need all sorts of commas in there.
 
  by: zirschky     08/24/2010 02:25 AM     
  Not a lot  
 
Just one after "mental health problems" and a couple for the parenthetical phrase "including 160,000 children"
 
  by: caution2     08/24/2010 02:33 AM     
  This comes as no surprise  
 
the complete devastation I daresay the adults are not faring any better. I remember reading somewhere that some parts are as Katrina left them and repairs are not in the foreseeable future.
 
  by: Sleeky     08/24/2010 08:02 AM     
  I Wonder Why  
 
/s
 
  by: Kolman   08/24/2010 09:41 AM     
  Their mental health has really gone south  
 
Hey I thought the saints superbowl victory would uplift some spirits....
 
  by: MannyisHere     08/24/2010 05:06 PM     
 
 
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