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Mental Health Consequences of Chemical and Radiologic Emergencies: A Systematic Review

Topics: Chemicals, Healthcare and Public Health,

This article describes the mental health consequences following chemical and radiologic emergencies, important as it asserts that psychological distress-resulting in anxiety, insomnia, clinical depression, and posttraumatic stress disorder, for instance-has been documented as the most common post-disaster public health issue. If left unchecked, these concerns can become even more severe and put serious strains on care delivery structures. It concludes by noting that further research into symptom mitigation after a technological emergency is necessary, but that sufficient information currently exists to develop a framework which closes current gaps between affected individuals, first responders, and the larger healthcare system.

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