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Gulf Oil Spill Psychological Impact

First Posted: 06/17/10 07:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:50 PM ET

Gulf Oil Spill Psychological Impact
Oil cleanup workboat crews work in the Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, Ala., Wednesday, June 16, 2010. New waves of oil have not come ashore and cleanup work continues, leaving Alabama's beaches in much better condition than just a few days earlier. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

New York Times:

Beyond the environmental and economic damage, the toll of the mammoth spill in the Gulf of Mexico is being measured in hopelessness, anxiety, stress, anger, depression and even suicidal thoughts among those most affected, social workers say.

Mindful of the surge in psychological ailments after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, community groups are trying to tend to the collective psyche of fishermen like Mr. Le even as they address more immediate needs like financial aid.

Read the whole story: New York Times

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