Mental health consequences of disasters

Annu Rev Public Health. 2014;35:169-83. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182435. Epub 2013 Oct 25.

Abstract

We present in this review the current state of disaster mental health research. In particular, we provide an overview of research on the presentation, burden, correlates, and treatment of mental disorders following disasters. We also describe challenges to studying the mental health consequences of disasters and discuss the limitations in current methodologies. Finally, we offer directions for future disaster mental health research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / prevention & control
  • Depressive Disorder, Major / therapy
  • Disasters*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / etiology*
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Mental Health
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data*
  • Resilience, Psychological
  • Risk Factors
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / prevention & control
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy