What to look out for in post-traumatic stress

IN THE aftermath of a natural disaster, smoking and alcohol rates skyrocket. In times of war, child neglect goes up. When people encounter trauma – from a motor vehicle accident to an earthquake or bushfire – their responses vary widely, and healthcare professionals need to be on the lookout for the little signs as well as the big ones, according to keynote speaker, Professor Robert Ursano, who presented at the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2012 Congress in Hobart last month.