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Type: Journal article
Title: Recent disasters in Sri Lanka: Lessons learned
Author: Somasundaram, D.
Citation: Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 2013; 36(3):321-338
Publisher: W B Saunders Co
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0193-953X
1558-3147
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Responsibility: 
Daya Somasundaram
Abstract: Sri Lanka has faced several disasters in the recent past, both manmade and natural. The mental health and psychosocial consequences have been felt at the individual, family, and collective levels. Individuals developed normal distress, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, or alcohol abuse. There were changes in family and social processes causing a tearing of the social fabric, lack of social cohesion, disconnection, mistrust, hopelessness, dependency, lack of motivation, powerlessness, and despondency. Because of the widespread nature of mental health needs, a community approach would reach the most number of people.
Keywords: Collective trauma; Community approaches; Disaster; Tsunami; War
Rights: Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
RMID: 0020131355
DOI: 10.1016/j.psc.2013.05.001
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