Katrina Survivors Depressed But Resilient

One year after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast region, a new study shows the difficulty of assessing mental health issues in the storm's aftermath.

The Harvard Medical School survey this week finds that serious mental health problems have roughly doubled since Katrina, but it also indicates that thoughts of suicide among the region's mentally ill people have actually gone down.

As WBUR'S health and science reporter Allan Coukell explains, that trend runs counter to previous reports.

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This program aired on August 29, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.


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