Monday, July 12, 2010

Mental Health Problems Linked to BP OIl Spill

Apart from various health concerns linked to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the incident is also blamed for the increased rate of mental health problems in the area.

The oil spill disaster is now more than two months old and has forced authorities to close swathes of Gulf waters to fishing, making the majority of the Gulf residents jobless.

The resulted job loss has not only caused financial crisis but also imposed lots of stress-related illnesses and mental health problems including anxiety, depression and anger to the residents.

The stress is believed to be worse than that reported following the 2005 Hurricane Katrina as it is impossible to predict when waters will reopen.

"The mental health impact here ... (and) the level of uncertainty is taking a toll on people and that's a huge, huge concern," said Kindra Arnesen, a Gulf Coast native.

BP oil spill ups mental health problems

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