Mental health consequences of chemical and radiologic emergencies: A systematic review

Academic Article


  • This article reviews the literature pertaining to psychological impacts in the aftermath of technological disasters, focusing on the immediate psychological and mental health consequences emergency department physicians and first responders may encounter in the aftermath of such disasters. First receivers see a wide spectrum of psychological distress, including acute onset of psychiatric disorders, the exacerbation of existing psychological and psychiatric conditions, and widespread symptomatology even in the absence of a diagnosable disorder. The informal community support systems that exist after a natural disaster may not be available to communities affected by a technological disaster leading to a need for more formal mental health supportive services.
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    Author List

  • MCCormick LC; Tajeu GS; Klapow J
  • Start Page

  • 197
  • End Page

  • 211
  • Volume

  • 33
  • Issue

  • 1