There is now a rich literature on disaster psychiatry
. (1-4) However, there's been a lack of information about disrupted access to psychiatric medications.
Outreach in New York announced it has agreed to transfer its disaster programming and activities to Vibrant Emotional Health, the organization which administers the SAMHSA-funded Disaster Distress Helpline.
The focus of the consultation was integrating disaster psychiatry
concepts into existing medical education programs supporting traditional didactics with cooperative learning group exercises and simulation.
NEW YORK -- After the earthquake in Nepal earlier this year, Disaster Psychiatry
Outreach sent in volunteers who found preexisting issues that made their mental health response challenging at best, Dr.
It covers the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology outline of topics for recertification: anxiety disorders, child and adolescent psychiatry; disorders of sleep, eating, and sex; ethics and professionalism; genetics and genomics; geriatric psychiatry; mood disorders; obsessive-compulsive disorder; personality and temperament; posttraumatic stress disorder and disaster psychiatry
; psychopharmacology; psychosomatic medicine; psychotherapy; schizophrenia; and substance use disorders.
Paper pre- sented at the Annual Meeting of Disaster Psychiatry
; readiness, evaluation, and treatment.
"Don't pathologize, but when pathology occurs, be sure to recognize it and deal with it," including psychiatric problems that existed before the disaster and still affect patients another overlooked aspect of "disaster psychiatry
," said Dr.
* Information on disaster psychiatry
for primary care physicians and mental health providers;
The fallout from Hurricane Katrina will be unique in that the mental health challenges facing survivors will be impossible to predict, according to several disaster psychiatry
Another factor that makes Katrina different from other disasters is the displacement it created, said Craig Katz, M.D., co-founder of Disaster Psychiatry
Outreach (DPO), in New York.
Collaboratively compiled and co-edited by Anand Pandya and Craig Katz, Disaster Psychiatry
: Intervening When Nightmares Come True is a selection of essays by experienced professionals concerning the difficulty of providing psychiatric help in dramatic and radically difficult settings--amid the Gaza strip, in the wake of disaster in Australia, El Salvador, India, and Turkey, or following the September 11th attacks.