Flooding and mental health
Citation: Fernandez A., Black J., Jones M., et al. Flooding and mental health: a systematic mapping review. PloS One, 2015:10(4);e0119929.
The level of exposure to floods has been associated with mental health problems. However, there is a scarcity of longitudinal studies and a lack of confounding controls which precludes making strong conclusions.
This research aimed to systematically map and review evidence on mental health impacts of floods. In flooding affected areas, there was a significant increase in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), higher level of anxiety, an increase in depression symptomatology. The higher the level of exposure to floods, the higher the levels of mental health-related problems. This relationship was particularly strong for PTSD.
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