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Natural Disasters and Mental Health Consequences

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Natural Disasters are large-scale events that are often unexpected and cause death, trauma, and destruction of property. Disasters affect millions of people around the globe every year. Many studies reported there were increased short term and long-term mental health consequences, such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and suicide among disaster survivors, especially for vulnerable populations. Among which, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most common psychiatric disorder and is especially likely to occur with other psychiatric disorders, referred to as comorbidity. PTSD is more commonly accompanied with depression and anxiety. In addition, it is important to consider Public Health responses in how to cope with these mental health consequences and develop an effective strategy to prevent them being so debilitating.

The goal of this Research Topic is to increase awareness of the risk factors of long-term mental health consequences after natural disasters and select those most vulnerable on mental health. This Research Topic also aims to address the mental health consequences associated with natural disasters, and provide evidence for when and how to decrease the negative impact. Additionally, we wish to explore the psycho-social support and intervention strategy about mental health consequences, and improve the quality of life among survivors.

The list of topics that are relevant includes, but it is not limited to, the following:
• Examination of the short and long term psychiatric impact of the disaster
• Comorbidity study: such as PTSD and depression, anxiety etc.
• Psychological impact of the specific population, such as children and adolescents
• Health services study
• Coping with grief, stigma, and guilt
• Prevention and Intervention study

The following Article Types will be considered: Original Research, Review, Brief Research Report, Clinical Trial, Case Study, Policy Brief (includes country reports), Systematic Review.


Keywords: Natural Disasters, Mental Health, Depression, PTSD


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Natural Disasters are large-scale events that are often unexpected and cause death, trauma, and destruction of property. Disasters affect millions of people around the globe every year. Many studies reported there were increased short term and long-term mental health consequences, such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and suicide among disaster survivors, especially for vulnerable populations. Among which, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most common psychiatric disorder and is especially likely to occur with other psychiatric disorders, referred to as comorbidity. PTSD is more commonly accompanied with depression and anxiety. In addition, it is important to consider Public Health responses in how to cope with these mental health consequences and develop an effective strategy to prevent them being so debilitating.

The goal of this Research Topic is to increase awareness of the risk factors of long-term mental health consequences after natural disasters and select those most vulnerable on mental health. This Research Topic also aims to address the mental health consequences associated with natural disasters, and provide evidence for when and how to decrease the negative impact. Additionally, we wish to explore the psycho-social support and intervention strategy about mental health consequences, and improve the quality of life among survivors.

The list of topics that are relevant includes, but it is not limited to, the following:
• Examination of the short and long term psychiatric impact of the disaster
• Comorbidity study: such as PTSD and depression, anxiety etc.
• Psychological impact of the specific population, such as children and adolescents
• Health services study
• Coping with grief, stigma, and guilt
• Prevention and Intervention study

The following Article Types will be considered: Original Research, Review, Brief Research Report, Clinical Trial, Case Study, Policy Brief (includes country reports), Systematic Review.


Keywords: Natural Disasters, Mental Health, Depression, PTSD


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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