The Association of Disaster-Related Experiences and Self-Reported Recollections of National Trauma With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Following Hurricane Sandy
J Clin Psychiatry 2013;74(12):1265-1266 [letter]
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To the Editor: Hurricane Sandy struck the New YorkMetropolitan Area on October 29, 2012, leading to massive property damage andmore than 100 casualties. The effect on the infrastructure was severe, with morethan 8 million New York Metropolitan Area residents suffering from poweroutages, accompanied by food shortages and mobility restrictions resulting fromthe widespread flooding. Previous studies show that exposure to naturaldisasters increased the risk for psychological distress,while recollections of these events hindered mentalhealth recovery.