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Mental Health Problems Among Adults in Tsunami-Affected Areas in Southern Thailand

Frits van Griensven et al.

Among survivors of the tsunami in southern Thailand, elevated rates of symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression were reported 8 weeks after the disaster, with higher rates for anxiety and depression than PTSD symptoms. Nine months after the disaster, the rates of those reporting these symptoms decreased but were still elevated. This information is important for directing, strengthening, and evaluating post tsunami mental health needs and interventions.

Updated September 15, 2009.

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