10 Years After Hurricane Katrina, PTSD Still On The Rise
Seeing your house, your block, your neighborhood and even nearly your whole city go under water would have to have some sort of effect on you right? Well, come to find out its more than you know. It’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, where over 80% of New Orleans was under water, but the effects are still there.
In a study published by the journal, Nature, they named Hurricane Katrina, “a natural disaster, but a human catastrophe.” Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has increased among Gulf Coast residents from 15% to 21%, reflecting the chaos that survivors coped with after loss and trying to meet necessary needs like food, water, housing, and health care.
In a separate study following 392 low-income parents, almost half of them were suffering from PTSD a year after the hurricane. The rate of parents suffering from psychosis, depression, and other serious mental conditions doubled from 7% to 14%.