IMPACT
08/11/2010 05:24 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gulf Coast Children More Likely To Experience Mental, Physical Problems

Summer has been anything but stress-free for children living in the Gulf Coast region.

In fact, a recent study conducted by Columbia University found that children in the Gulf region were twice as likely to have mental and physical problems than other young people.

NBC Nightly News interviewed some of "the youngest victims" of the spill to see how they're coping with yet another Gulf-area disaster.

"Katrina, Rita, the oil spill...but other than that it's a great place," said 14-year-old Des'Rae.

Many groups have come down to the Gulf in an attempt to help children deal with the devastation. They have been holding clinics and talking with kids about family issues. Social worker Donna Usner, who works with the Children's Health Fund of New Orleans, says she has noticed increasing signs of distress in children.

NBC Nightly News reports from Louisiana.

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