Superstorm’s Mental Health Toll Emerges

NEW YORK (December 15, 2012)--The mental trauma inflicted by Superstorm Sandy is starting to emerge among storm victims in New York and New Jersey, but it’s difficult to measure because many people are too anxious even to leave their homes.

Mental health experts say people are afraid of wind and water and parting with their loved ones.

Others are too busy dealing with losses of property and livelihood to deal with their grief.

To tackle the problem, government officials are dispatching more than 1,000 federally funded crisis counselors to canvass the worst hit areas.

Counselors are assuring people that anxiety and insomnia are natural after a disaster, but when the trauma starts to interfere with daily life, it's probably time to seek help.

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