42 PERCENT of patients at Gulf Coast Mental Health Center affected by oil disaster -- Mental health problems "like a VIRUS that's spreading" says counselor


Oil gusher is dead, but not residents' anguish, Associated Press, September 27, 2010:

Excerpts

[T]he summer of oil... People overcome by stress and worry... are having a hard time navigating a world that seems so different from the one they knew before...

"It's like a virus that's spreading," said Tonya Fistein, one of four counselors hired by AltaPointe Health Systems... AltaPointe's clinic is seeing twice as many new patients as in 2009, an increase it blames on the spill.

In Gulfport, Miss., 42 percent of the patients surveyed at the Gulf Coast Mental Health Center said they were sad or depressed because of the spill. ...

"What's scary is the long-term damage that can be done [by the oil disaster], and we just don't know about that," [Steve Barrileaux, a psychologist at the Gulfport center] said.

Even with the high percentages of problems reported along the Gulf coast, the numbers are likely significantly higher as the AP notes:

Officials along the Gulf coast worry that many of the hardest-hit groups — shrimpers, Asian seafood workers and low-wage tourism employees — won't seek help for mental problems...

1 comment to 42 PERCENT of patients at Gulf Coast Mental Health Center affected by oil disaster -- Mental health problems "like a VIRUS that's spreading" says counselor

  • Perhaps you have dreamed about what you would do in case you needed an action that could cost thousands and thousands of dollars? Let's say you needed a transplant and also the waiting list was months long? What do you do? Well, health tourism has provided an answer to these questions for many people.

Leave a Reply

 

 

 

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>