One in five: aftermath brings major mental health impact

Up to one in five flood victims may develop mental health problems, an Australian psychologist warns.

Professor Kevin Ronan, chair of the disaster reference group of the Australian Psychological Society, said although most people would recover psychologically following the flood crisis, 10–20% could later experience symptoms such as anxiety and depression.    

“When people do present for services from a psychologist it tends not to be until several weeks after an event,” he said.

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